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  Sheriff Christopher Moss

Christopher J. Moss joined the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a Special Deputy. Later that year he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Sheriff and served in that position until 1994 when he was promoted to investigator. While assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Sheriff Moss attained the rank of Sergeant. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Road Patrol Division. In May of 2005, Sheriff Moss was transferred back to CID where he became the Division Commander. In 2005, Sheriff Moss was elected to a four year term, replacing retired Sheriff Charles D.W. Houper. He was re-elected to additional 4 year terms in 2009 and 2013. Prior to being elected, Sheriff Moss also served on the agency’s Special Services Unit, Honor Guard, was president of the Chemung County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and was previously a New York State certified K-9 handler.


Since being elected Sheriff in 2005, Sheriff Moss has assisted in guiding the agency through the accreditation process the Police Services Division, Civil Division and the Correctional Facility. Sheriff Moss has also implemented new public service programs, to include opiate and methamphetamine awareness, senior citizen safety, crime watch and prevention newsletters and boater and snowmobile safety courses. Sheriff Moss has also instituted the areas first one tier pistol permit program allowing county residents to apply for unrestricted permit upon completing a (3) hour safety course.


Sheriff Moss also serves as the Chairman of the Chemung County Traffic Safety Board, served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Counties and the Arctic League as well as past President of the Chemung County Family Services Executive Board. In 2014 Sheriff Moss was nominated by the New York State Republican Party to run for Lieutenant Governor alongside gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. In his spare time, Sheriff Moss enjoys spending time with his family, as well as hunting and fishing.


Sheriff Moss possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from SUNY Empire and is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 200.


Chemung County has an estimated population of 88,830 and an area of 412 square miles.


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