Joseph Fucito was appointed New York City’s sheriff in 2014 after serving with the Sheriff’s Office since 1988, when he became, at 18, the youngest deputy sheriff in the city’s history. He has served under five administrations and in all uniformed ranks within the agency: deputy sheriff, sergeant, lieutenant, undersheriff, and now, sheriff. Sheriff Fucito has also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York State Department of Transportation.
The sheriff and his team are charged with a wide range of law enforcement responsibilities, including the duty to preserve the peace and serve and enforce mandates and orders issued from local or state courts, the federal government, foreign countries, the New York City Tax Tribunal, or the commissioner of the Department of Finance. The sheriff executes processes involving the seizure of money or property pursuant to writs, warrants, and court orders; serves civil and criminal process; apprehends fugitives from justice; and escorts persons in civil custody to correctional facilities, hospitals, and court. The Sheriff’s Office enforces all laws and ordinances concerning the trafficking of synthetic narcotics and illegal, untaxed, or counterfeit tobacco products. The sheriff is also responsible for enforcing and preventing the violation of all tax laws and ordinances and all laws and ordinances involving the theft or fraudulent conveyance of real property in New York City.
Sheriff Fucito holds a B.A. in English from Queens College CUNY and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has received numerous service citations, including the Sheriff’s WTC 911 Award, the Sheriff’s Medal of Honor, and the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence Upstander Award.