Our Staff

About Us

Our Staff

  • Christopher G. O’Brien

    Executive Director

    Chris has been with the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute since it was established in 1979. As Executive Director, Chris oversees the many activities of the Institute, including the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, the Criminal Justice Scholarship Program, the Victim Notification Programs, and the Honorary Membership Program that helps to support our work. While he is responsible for our many programs, for Chris it truly is all about the kids.

  • Jaymes W. Hurley

    Director of Victim Notification Services

    Jaymes joined the New York State Sheriff’s Institute as the Director of Victim Notification Services in 2020. In this capacity works alongside law enforcement, victim advocacy groups, and the court system while he oversees the management and application of the Institute’s victim services. These include both the VINE program, as well as the Sheriff’s Institute’s Order of Protection Notification Program. He started his career working at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in Syracuse, NY. During his 15 years in law enforcement, he was assigned to a number of positions, including assignments in both the Custody (Corrections) and Civil Departments. He departed the Sheriff’s Office in 2020 as a Lieutenant assigned as the Commander of the Civil Division. Outside of his work with the Sheriff’s Institute, Jaymes serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He has held many assignments and has been deployed/recalled in support of a different operations to include Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

  • Carrie Kronick

    Finance Operations Manager

    Carrie has been with the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute since 2007. Initially hired as a Bookkeeper, Carrie’s role has expanded into all aspects of our work. In addition to her role managing the day-to-day financial operations, Carrie manages the Honorary Membership Program, is responsible for budget reporting for our grants, and supports the victim notification and summer camp programs.

  • Ashleigh McCarthy

    Executive Assistant

    Ashleigh joined the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute in March of 2016 and immediately became invaluable in her support the work of the Sheriffs’ Institute. In addition to her duties as an Executive Assistant, Ashleigh coordinates five conferences each year: our Victim Notification conference and four command staff training conferences: Civil Supervisors, Undersheriffs, Road Patrol, and Jail Administrators.