Victim Services Advisory Board

About Us

Victim Services Advisory Board

  • Ernest Cutting

    Chairman & Sheriff, Chenango County

    Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting became Chairman of the NYS Victims’ Advisory Board in 2017. Sheriff Cutting began his career with the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office on January 1, 1987 and rose through the ranks, holding the positions of Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Jail Administrator and Undersheriff. He was appointed to the position of Sheriff in June 2009 and elected to his first four-year term the following November. Sheriff Cutting received the NYS Deputy Sheriff’s “Officer of the Year Award” for disarming an emotionally disturbed man committing an armed robbery in Chenango County. Under Sheriff Cutting, his office maintains accreditation of the Law Enforcement, Corrections, Emergency Communication/911 and Civil Divisions.

  • Wayne Durr

    Director of Operations, Market Expert Planning and Marketing Services, HANYS – The Leadership Institute

    Wayne Durr is an Operations Manager with HANYS Solutions, a role he has had since 2004. Wayne is also Director of Operations, for HANYS, of the Truven Analytics Health Market Expert Planning and Marketing software system. In this role he serves as technical liaison to their strategic partners in all areas of technical and training support. Wayne is a 1980 graduate of Union College and a long-time member of the NYS Victims’ Advisory Board.

  • Sue Ellen Kirschenheiter

    Retired School Administrator

    Sue Ellen Kirschenheiter joined the Victim Services Advisory Board in 2016. Now retired from her career as an educator, Ms. Kirschenheiter is the former Principal of the Cherry Road School in the Westhill Central School District in Syracuse, NY. Sue Ellen is a 1962 Graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland.

  • Chris O’Brien

    Executive Director, NYS Sheriffs’ Institute

    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 support our work. Under his leadership, the Institute has created two ground-breaking Crime Victim Notification programs.

  • Jaymes W. Hurley

    Director of Victim Notification Services, NYS Sheriffs’ Institute

    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.