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Cortland sheriff announces officer promotions

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Following Lt. Todd Caufield’s retirement last week after 33 years of service, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department has announced an internal promotion to fulfill his duties overseeing the criminal investigations division.

Chad Burhans was handed that post and subsequently promoted from sergeant to lieutenant.

He’s served 13 years so far with the Sheriff’s Office himself, including the last seven under Lt. Caufield in the criminal investigations division.


(Lt. Chad Burhans)


Peter Wright has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and will be assigned as an investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division.

He’s been with the patrol division of the Sheriff’s Office for nearly six years and has 12 years of law enforcement experience in total, having previously worked for the Cortland City Police.

(Sgt. Peter Wright)


Joshua Proctor has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the Corrections Division.

He’s worked at the Sheriff’s Office for the last four years as a corrections officer.

(Sgt. Joshua Proctor)


Photos provided by the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office)


Also retiring yesterday was the city of Cortland’s longest-serving active employee: Cpt. Pam Barden.

She says goodbye to her colleagues at the city police department, where she’s worked for the past 38 years.

In 2017, Cpt. Barden received a Certificate of Longevity in appreciation of service for 35 Years of Public Service for the City of Cortland.

Photos below courtesy of the City of Cortland Police Department:


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