Please welcome Deputy Sheriff Kelly Briscoe to Chatham as our new School Resource Deputy (SRD). Deputy Briscoe joined the Chatham Central School District team this week and we look forward to her working here in all our schools.
“I’m here not only to keep our children, staff, and visitors safe, but also to connect with students in a meaningful way,” Deputy Briscoe said. “The reason I became a Deputy was to help the community, and I believe building positive relationships with the children of the community is something that goes a long way in doing that.”
Deputy Briscoe has been doing patrol work with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for the past six years and also serves on the Columbia-Greene Shared Services Response Team. She is specially trained as a School Resource Deputy, a SWAT operator, and is an expert on equine abuse. An Ichabod Crane graduate, she studied criminal justice and health science at SUNY Brockport, where she also played softball for the Golden Eagles. She lives in Kinderhook and still enjoys playing softball, as well as hitting the links with friends for a round of golf.
Deputy Briscoe steps into the shoes of former SRD Ian Boehme, who the Sheriff’s Office recently made an Investigator. Our District wishes to congratulate Investigator Boehme on his promotion and thank him for his service to our school community.
As School Resource Deputy, Briscoe’s time is currently shared between Chatham and the New Lebanon Central School District. The Sheriff’s Office currently provides this half-time positon to Chatham at no cost to our school. As part of its budget discussions for next year, the Board of Education is now entertaining an option to contract with the Sheriff’s Office for full-time SRD services, with the District funding the other half of the position. The Board will make its decision later this year.