​My Values 

  • ​Professionalism
  • Compassion
  • Understanding
  • Respect 
  • Integrity
  • Dedication

About Gene Conway

Gene Conway began his law enforcement career with the Village of North Syracuse Police Department in 1977.

In 1978 he joined the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and served with them for the next 24 years where he worked through the ranks from Deputy Sheriff to Captain of Criminal Investigations. During his service he was assigned as a narcotics investigator to the Special Investigations Unit, supervisor of the Warrants Investigation Unit, and Road Patrol Watch Commander.  In his capacity as the Captain of Criminal Investigations he oversaw all investigative Units within the Sheriff’s Department to include two presidential details and a serial bank robbery task force.


In April 2002 he accepted an offer to become the Chief of Police and Public Safety for the Town of DeWitt Police Department.

In 2007 he also served in a temporary capacity as the Chief of Police for the Village of East Syracuse Police Department.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego, and has completed training with the United States Secret Service, United States Marshal’s Service and the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

Gene is a member of numerous professional organizations to include the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police and as Chairman of the Onondaga County Chiefs of Police.

Gene has served his community through his career in law enforcement with organizations that include the Rape Crisis Center, Vera House, District Attorneys Advisory Council, and the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

​A lifelong resident of Onondaga County, he is married and has two children.


Since elected as the 61st Sheriff of Onondaga County, Gene Conway has 

  • Provided the best possible service in the most efficient manner possible
  • Within budget every year/more than 1 million under in 2017/disciplined spending, creative planning & expanded partnerships
  • Created a code of ethics, vision & mission statement
  • 3 operational audits/comptrollers
  • Reduced take home vehicles by 24%
  • Implemented a volunteer chaplain program
  • Air 1 partnership with the 174th Fighter Wings/utilities only
  • Removed the cost of accident report & made available electronically
  • Created a Sheriff's Foundation/fund program directly into the community
  • Combined police academy with Correction & Custody/partnership with Onondaga Community College
  • Pistol Permit timeframe reduced significantly & more convenient
  • Created the Animal Abuser Registry
  • Created a summer Youth Law Enforcement Academy 
  • Watercraft/snowmobiles cost free through manufacture's law enforcement program
  • 100% clearance rate on murders investigated 
  • Largest seizure of cocaine in history of Onondaga County
  • Stronger enforcement of handicapped parking
  • Participated in the consensus meeting/initiated the discussion of the Correction Department (Jamesville) merger
  • Created a Veterans housing unit at Jamesville 
  • Traffic Safety Program
  • Enhanced Navigation Patrol with Special Police Officers
  • ​Achieved National Accreditation status in the Justice Center/3rd jail in New York State to achieve this.