Cayuga County undersheriff leaves to take job with Cayuga Nation

Cayuga County’s undersheriff has retired after 11 years in the position in order to join the ranks of the Cayuga Nation Police Department as a captain.

James Stowell, who previously served for 26 years in the New York State Police as well as the U.S. Army, retired on June 6, Sheriff David Gould said at a meeting of the County Legislature’s Judicial and Public Safety committee meeting Wednesday evening.

“He had a job he couldn’t really refuse,” Gould said. “It’s a great offer for him and I totally understand him leaving.”

By Thursday afternoon, Clint Halftown, the federally-recognized representative of the Cayuga Nation, announced in a statement that Stowell was joining the nation’s police department. Halftown also said former state police Lt. June Worden would be joining the department.

The two officers join a department that was created just last fall, when Halftown announced the nation was establishing an office of public safety, led by former state police captain Arthur Pierce as public safety commissioner.

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