• Sheriff of Erie County from 1998� 2005
  • Fifteen years in the New York State Police
  • Graduate, FBI National Executive Institute and FBI Academy
  • Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY at Albany
  • Graduate of Canisius College

    Patrick M. Gallivan served as Sheriff of Erie County from 1998 through 2005. As the county�s chief elected law enforcement officer, Sheriff Gallivan was responsible for the oversight of county police and patrol services, the enforcement of civil process, the ensuring of courtroom security and the oversight of county jail management services. He supervised approximately 1,100 sworn and non-sworn employees and administered an approximately $80 million budget.

    As Sheriff, Mr. Gallivan authored and implemented a comprehensive six-point strategic plan, which charted the course for the professional, ethical, cost-effective and community-oriented delivery of criminal justice services by the Erie County Sheriff�s Office. He reorganized the agency and oversaw the merger of the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility, as well as the consolidation of Central Booking with the Buffalo Police Department. Mr. Gallivan worked to increase efficiency and eliminate waste through the establishment of a Professional Standards Unit, an Internal Inspection Program, an Overtime Monitoring Program and a Sick Leave Program, successfully reducing unnecessary overtime and abuse of sick leave. He also started Erie County�s first Computer Crime Unit, a Domestic Violence/Violence Prevention Division, a Juvenile Bureau, a Warrant Squad and a Technology/Advancement Division.

    Prior to being elected Sheriff, Mr. Gallivan served 15 years in the New York State Police, rising through the ranks from Trooper to Captain. He is a graduate of both the prestigious FBI National Executive Institute and the FBI National Academy. He holds a master�s degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany and is a graduate of Canisius College. Mr. Gallivan has received numerous awards and honors for his long and distinguished service to the community and has served numerous professional, charitable, civic and fraternal organizations.