is a 40+ year law enforcement veteran, including 24 years with the New York State Police. He has served in various assignments across the State including Buffalo, Long Island, the Adirondacks and the Southern Tier. He is unquestionably a member of the “law enforcement family.” One of his brothers just retired as the Chief of Police in Eden, another a retired Lieutenant from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, while a third is a retired Senior Investigator with the NYSP, and now a Town Justice. Tim’s sister is married to a N.Y.S. Correctional Officer. His two sons, daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two of his nephews are NYS Troopers, while another nephew is a Deputy Sheriff.
As Undersheriff, he personally oversaw the eight Chiefs who directed the daily operation of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and their 1,000+ employees. He was appointed as Sheriff upon Pat Gallivan’s resignation and then elected to office in 2005 and re-elected in 2009.
As a Staff Inspector in the State Police, the fourth highest rank in an organization of more than 4,000 employees, he was responsible for the coordination of services in the State Police Forensic Investigation Center, he supervised the Planning and Research Section wherein he was responsible for program development and implementing technological advancements, and conducted the most difficult internal affairs investigations.
Sheriff Howard is a recipient of the Brummer Award, the highest award given by the NY State Police as a result of his actions during a 1982 domestic dispute in which his partner, Trooper Gary Kubasiak, was tragically killed. He received a New York State Legislative Proclamation for his work in school violence and has also received the Superintendent’s Unit Citation for his leadership role in the Sara Ann Woods search in the Adirondacks. In 1982 he received the Hero’s Award from the 100 Club of Buffalo, the Erie County Law Enforcement Award in 1998, the Judges and Police Conference Outstanding Law Enforcement Award in 2007 and the Attorney General’s Award in 2008. He served as President of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County in 2005.
Sheriff Howard is a 2000 graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany. He has taught extensively at the State Police Academy in Albany and in the Criminal Justice Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also the Co-Chair of Homeland Security Zone 15.
Sheriff Howard is the father of three daughters, two sons and has six grandchildren. He resides in South Wales, New York.
Among his most notable recent accomplishments was the formation and guidance of the Bike Path Rape/Murder Task Force which led to the arrest of Altemio Sanchez and the closure of three homicides and as many as two dozen rapes.
"I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the citizens of Erie County for your support! Together, we will continue to make a our community a safer and better place to live."
- Tim Howard