Timothy S. Whitcomb, Sheriff
Eric Butler, Undersheriff
301 Court Street, Little Valley, New York 14755
Timothy S. Whitcomb is the Sheriff of Cattaraugus County. He became Acting Sheriff upon the untimely death of former Sheriff Dennis John, who died on August 18, 2009. Sheriff Whitcomb was then elected in November, 2009 to a full four year term commencing January 1, 2010.
He is currently serving his 20th year in Law Enforcement, where he spent 7 years working major crimes in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. It was in this role that he was recognized as the Blue and Gold Officer of the Year in October 2000.
Sheriff Whitcomb possesses a Masters degree in Counseling Education from St. Bonaventure University and is a certified police instructor in the areas of Interview and Interrogation, Basic and Advanced Juvenile Officer Training, the Investigation of Sex Crimes, and the Law Enforcement Response to School Violence. Sheriff Whitcomb is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI’s National Academy and his specialized training includes Crisis Negotiation with the Los Angeles Police Department, Death Scene Management with the FBI, and a Sex Offense Seminar with the New York State Police. He has also recently been certified as a SWAT Team fitness specialist.
Sheriff Whitcomb is currently an adjunct professor for both Saint Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for both Leadership Cattaraugus and the Center for Family Unity. He also is a Past President of the State of New York Police Juvenile Officer Association.
Cattaraugus County has a population of 85,000 and consists of 1,336 square miles.