Chief Deputy Gabrielle Liddy of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has won the Carl Draxler Award by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute. She nominated for the award by Sheriff Robert Maciol.

     The Sheriff Carl Draxler is given to an employee of a Sheriff’s Office whose exceptional career achievements and conscientious devotion to duty have demonstrated a spirit of selfless public service. The Draxler Award was first presented in 1982 and is given in memory of the late Sheriff of Chemung County, Carl Draxler, who personified the qualities which are the criteria for this award.

     Chief Deputy Liddy is the first female to win the Sheriff Carl Draxler Award.

     Chief Deputy Liddy’s career began in 1990, as a Corrections Officer. She involved herself in every training opportunity that became available. Which resulted in her becoming a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services certified trainer.  She served as the D.S.B.A. Union President. In 1996, Officer Liddy was assigned to the transition team that oversaw the a 32 million dollar expansion of the correctional facility.  She was one of the first women to successfully complete the agencies two week S.E.R.T. training and join the team. She would later become the team’s commander.  In 1998, she was promoted to Sergeant and then to Lieutenant in 1999.  Eight years later she became a Captain in the Corrections Division. Then on January 1, 2011 Sheriff Maciol appointed her the first female Chief Duty in the office’s history.

     During her first year as Jail Administrator she saved the county taxpayers over $750,000 through effective fiscal management practices. During her second year as Chief Deputy he best management practices created a surplus in funds that was substantial enough that the Sheriff’s Office could propose 3 capital projects that could be paid for by the surplus avoiding long term borrowing.

     Chief Deputy Liddy holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Keuka College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Empire State College and an an associates degree from Mohawk Community College. She currently worked toward her Doctorate.