FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES SHERIFF LINDSAY EASON WILL LEAVE CITY GOVERNMENT
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced Sheriff Lindsay Eason will leave City government after more than 30 years of service to New York City. Sheriff Eason was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in January 2002 and previously served in the NYPD for 23 years. The Office of the Sheriff is a division of the Department of Finance and is the City’s chief civil law enforcement organization, responsible for functions including: delivering writs and summonses and seizing personal property in private litigation matters; enforcing money judgments by placing levies on personal property or selling personal property; and serving notice and enforcing evictions. Undersheriff Joseph Fucito will serve as Acting Sheriff until a permanent replacement is named.
“For more than 30 years, Lindsay Eason has dedicated himself to protecting New Yorkers and serving justice in our City,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Like so many, Lindsay came to New York City with a dream of a better future and first found it as one of our Finest. While retired from NYPD, I asked him to return to law enforcement, and I am grateful he gave us eight years as Sheriff. During his time leading the Sheriff’s Office, he helped ensure justice for so many New Yorkers. I want thank Lindsay for his hard work over the last eight years and for his more than 30 years of serving this City in law enforcement. New York City is the place it is today largely because of the efforts of men and women like Lindsay Eason. I wish him nothing but the best.”
“It’s been an honor to be a part of this Administration, and a privilege to work with so many dedicated professionals to improve public safety through the initiatives we’ve implemented in the Sheriff's Office over the past eight years,” said Sheriff Eason. “Among the many services we’ve provided, we’ve helped parents get the child support they need; taken mental health patients to safety, escorting them with dignity; and provided law enforcement strength during building inspections to stop dangerous construction safety violations. I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg for giving me this opportunity to serve and giving me the chance to expand the role of the office, increasing our focus on public safety, and streamlining our operation, creating a more efficient and accountable Sheriff’s Office.”
“The Sheriff’s role as Chief Civil Enforcement Officer for the city is vital in protecting the public’s safety, as well as the public’s wallet,” said Finance Commissioner David M. Frankel. “On behalf of all of his colleagues at the Department of Finance, I want to thank Lindsay for the difference he has made to the people of New York City.”
The Sheriff’s Office increased its focus on public safety initiatives under Sheriff Eason, including: working more closely on domestic violence issues; creating a stronger relationship with the City’s Family Courts to better service Orders of Protection; and increasing the apprehension and transportation of youth placed with the New York State Office of Children & Family Services.
Under Sheriff Eason, the Sheriff’s Office supported operations throughout City government by providing a law enforcement presence, including assisting inspectors from the Department of Buildings during enforcement of Stop Work Orders and supporting the training needs of Human Resources Administration employees as they applied for peace officer status.
Over the last eight years, the Sheriff's Office has increased its effectiveness, efficiency and transparency throughout its operations. Sheriff Eason developed and implemented SheriffStat, a performance management system used to evaluate and improve performance by using data to focus on results. The system led to new procedures that promoted greater accountability and professional development among Sheriff’s Office employees.
Sheriff Eason was responsible for establishing a citywide initiative to utilize Deputy Sheriffs in the enforcement of cigarette tax violations and initiating training of Sheriff’s Officers at the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy.
Sheriff Eason is a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. Sheriff Eason began his career in law enforcement as a uniformed member of the NYPD, serving for 23 years and retiring as a sergeant in the Intelligence Division. After retiring from NYPD, Sheriff worked in executive protection at Bloomberg L.P.
Stu Loeser/Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958
Owen Stone (Department of Finance)