ORRECTIONS COMMAND STAFF





Lieutenant Brian Gardner 
                                                                            Assistant Chief Corrections Officer

Captain Brian Gardner began his career in February 1990 as a Corrections Officer and was appointed to Corporal for the Sheriff's Office in 1993 by Sheriff Bertram.  In June 2003, he was appointed to the rank of Sergeant by Sheriff Shook and in August of 2012 was appointed to the rank of Master Sergeant by Sheriff Harrison.  In June of 2016, he was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant by Sheriff Bartlett and then Captain in May of 2017.

Captain Gardner was CERT team leader from 3/2002 to 6/2009. He was also the gang coordinator for 10 years for the Corrections Division.  Lt. Gardner also assisted with the set up for the New Leash of Life program and has been the grievance coordinator from 2013 to 2017.Lt. Gardner has received many commendations and awards including the exceptional duty award and the life saving award. 

Captain Gardner oversees the daily operations of the correctional facility and administers an annual budget of approximately $4.3 million dollars and a staff of approximately 70 corrections staff, including corrections officers, food serve and medical staff.

Captain Gardner served in the United States Army from 8/30/1984 to 8/29/1990 as an Administrative Specialist 71L.  His military training includes firearms school, office automation & DOS, harvard graphics, military grenade and M18 A1 Claymore mine training and hand to hand combat training.  Lt. Gardner's military medals include: army service ribbon, army good conduct medal, army commendation medal and army achievement medal.

Captain Gardner currently resides in Clermont with his wife Shannon and his children Megan and Brain, Jr., and has one grandson Henry.





Lieutenant James Edgeworth
Assistant Chief Correction Officer

Lieutenant Edgeworth has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1986 when he began as a Correction Officer.  He has also held the positions of Corrections Sergeant and Master Sergeant.  He has served on and is one of the founding members of Corrections CERT Team and served in the position of Assistant Team Leader.  His current duties as Assistant Chief Correction Officer includes the management, supervision and daily operation of the Correctional Facility.  Lt. Edgeworth also routinely oversees inmate services such as commissary, telephones, inmate funds and time certifications.  He is one of two Assistant Chief Correction Officers and manages the facility when the CCO is not present.

Lieutenant Edgeworth has received training in several aspects of corrections and law enforcement and is certified by the NYS Commission of Correction in the use of Chemical Agents.  He has received various certificates of appreciation and awards during his career including the Sheriff's Office Grand Cordon Special Unit Citation for his part in training and instituting the newest version of inmate supervision recommended by the NYS commission of Corrections.

Lieutenant Edgeworth resides in Claverack with his wife Michelle and two daughters.




Lieutenant Hilscher
Assistant Chief Correction Officer

Lieutenant Hilscher attended primary and secondary schools in the Hudson City School District, graduating with an advanced regents degree in 1982 from Hudson High School.  He has since obtained an Associates Degree in Math Science from Columbia Greene Community College.

Lieutenant Hilscher started with the Sheriff's Office in 1991 as a Corrections Officer.  In December 2000 he was promoted to shift Supervisor with the rank of Sergeant.  Most recently, in 20014, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Corrections officer with the Rank of Lieutenant by the current Sheriff, David Bartlett, where he oversees the daily activities of the county's correctional facility.  

Lieutenant Hilscher is a DCJS certified law enforcement instructor for general topics and has attended many additional training pertinent to the advancement and understanding of his job duties as an Assistant Jail Administrator.

He is a 29 year member of the Taghkanic volunteer Fire Company, having held the rank of Lieutenant, Secretary, Vice President, President and also Fire Chief, which he held for 22 consecutive years.  During his tenure as Chief he attended numerous OFPC certified specialized training courses and has national certification as a Firefighter I and as a Firefighter II.

He is a past two term member of the Taghkanic Town Board where he has an integral part in the future planning of the town as well as it's monthly management.  Lieutenant Hilscher currently resides in the Town of Taghkanic and has two grown children.