Niagara Gazette

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March 17, 2014

COPS NOTEBOOK: Dedicated deputy gets his due

He is one of the most low key people I know in law enforcement.

Every day, Tom Beatty flies below the radar at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Funny thing is, I’m not sure how that office would operate without him. And neither is Sheriff Jim Voutour.

“He knows more about the office than anyone else I know,” Voutour said with a chuckle the other day. “He really is the go-to guy if you don’t know the answer to a question about how something gets done.”

While his work and dedication to his job have been recognized before, Beatty has now garnered the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Sheriff’s Association. The chief deputy for administration, on the recommendation of Voutour, received the Carl Draxler Award at a ceremony earlier this month.

The award is named in memory of the late sheriff of Chemung County and recognizes a member of a sheriff’s office “whose exceptional career achievements and conscientious devotion to duty have demonstrated a spirit of public service.”

I could not have described Tom any better than that. He is the gold standard of what a public servant should be.

“It’s the most prestigious award (the Sheriff’s Association) gives out,” Voutour said. “(Tom) has garnered many individual honors, but his motivation throughout his 36 years on the job has been to contribute to the wellbeing of his community. The condition of law enforcement in Niagara County and the quality of life for the people of Niagara County have been enhanced because of his professional abilities and personal qualities.”

Voutour noted that Beatty “has never been interested in personal acclaim.” So much so, that when reporters came to the sheriff’s office headquarters to talk to Voutour about the Draxler Award, Tom passed on joining the conversation.

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