LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
COMMAND STAFF
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
Captain John DeRocha

Captain John DeRocha, a 24-year employee of the Sheriff’s Office, grew up in Copake, New York and is a
1987 graduate of the Taconic Hills School District and a 1990 graduate of the Zone 14 Police Academy.

Captain DeRocha was hired at the Sheriff’s Office in 1990 as a Corrections Officer by then Sheriff James
Bertram. From 1990 to 1995 he served part time as a Police officer with the Copake Police Department.  In
1995 he was assigned to the Law Enforcement Division as a Deputy Sheriff and in 2001 was promoted to
Sergeant. In January 2014, he was appointed to Law Enforcement Division Captain by Sheriff David P.
Bartlett.

Over the Course of his career Captain DeRocha has received certification in Special weapons and tactics
certification from the U.S Department of Justice, Certification in Police Supervision from New York State
Division of Criminal Justice and further training in handling of Animal Cruelty Cases, Fraudulent Document
investigation, Counter Terrorism Awareness training, FAA Law Enforcement Officer Flying Armed training and
Civil procedure –Phase 1 training.

During Captain DeRocha’s service as a Supervisor for the Sheriff’s Office, he has been assigned as the
Station Supervisor at the Sheriff’s Office Sub Station located in Hillsdale and he was also assigned as the
Supervisor of the Sheriff’s Resident Deputy Program.

Captain DeRocha is a life member of the Copake Fire District and presently holds the title of Chief for the Fire
District.

John resides in Copake with his wife Krista and two daughters Taylor and Kylee.   
Lieutenant Wayne Lopez

Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, a 16 year employee of the Sheriff’s Office, grew up in Copake and is a 1988
graduate of the Taconic Hills School District.  Lieutenant Lopez earned an Associates Degree from
Columbia-Greene Community College and successfully completed Zone 14 Police Academy in 1994.

Lieutenant Lopez began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Town of Copake Police Department as
a part-time police officer.  In 1998, he was hired at the Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the
Law Enforcement Division.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002, First Sergeant (assigned to the Civil
Division) in 2010, and appointed as Lieutenant for the Law Enforcement Division in 2014 by Sheriff David
Bartlett.

During the course of his career, Lieutenant Lopez has received certification in Police Supervision, Field
Training Officer, Civil Procedure Phase 1 & 2, and Public Safety Diving.  

He is currently the Dive Team Commander for the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

Wayne resides in Kinderhook with his wife and three children.