Law Enforcement & Civil Divisions
Chief Deputy Jon Owens is the Division Commander for both the Civil and Law Enforcement Divisions of the Sheriff's Office.
Chief Owens began his law enforcement career as a Correction Officer at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. In 1989, he became a Police Officer with the Town of Kirkland, where he worked for 11 years. Following his time with the Kirkland Police Department, he was employed by the Village of Whitesboro Police department. In 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant
The Chief has been instrumental in the IT realm of law enforcement and has created numerous computer programs for internal use at the various law enforcement agencies in efforts to further their technological progress. Chief Owens maintains his involvement in IT work in an effort to stay current with today's technology. Chief Owens is a NYSDCJS Certified General Topic Instructor and has taught both highway drug interdiction and advanced accident re-constructionist. Chief Owens has attended training through the New York State Sheriff's Association for both civil and law enforcement supervisors and is continuously networking throughout the law enforcement community to further advance the mission of the Sheriff's Office.
Chief Owens Graduate from the 259th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA). In addition to receiving his "Yellow Brick" Award for the completion of the program including the 6.1 mile obstacle course, the Chief was also awarded the "Blue Brick" for completing the 34 mile swimming program. The distance of the swim requirement is the equivalent of the distance from Quantico VA. to Washington D.C.
Chief Owens is the recipient of the following Oneida County Sheriff's recognitions; FBINA Attendance Citation, Good Conduct, 2016 Presidential Detail Citation, 2018 Presidential Detail Citation, Promotion of Grade, Distinguished Volunteer, Sheriff's Special Recognition, Grand Cordon (7 times), and Exceptional Service.
Chief Owens is responsible for spearheading the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program for the Sheriff's Office in 2019 , overseeing the agency's UAS Team and is himself a FAA Certified UAS Pilot.
Chief Owens is a member of the New York State Sheriff's Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and serves as Treasurer of the Oneida County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Foundation.