Sheriff Jim Allard Praises Staff For Handing Of Clayton and Beard Trials

March 6, 2017

BATH, NY – Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that the Steuben County Court security, during the two recent, high-profile trials in Steuben County Court, security was managed with the utmost professionalism and efficiency.

Sgt. Dan Brown, Judge Peter Bradstreet, Cpl. Patricia Clarkson, Officer Scott Rodbourn
(Sgt. Dan Brown, Judge Peter Bradstreet, Cpl. Patricia Clarkson, Officer Scott Rodbourn)
Allard, Tyner
(Sheriff Jim Allard and Captain Eric Tyner)

Allard spoke to the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee about the county Court Security Division staff and their handling of the October 24-Novebmer 3, 2016 murder trial of Michael Beard, and the January 9-February 23 murder trial of Thomas Clayton. According to the sheriff, Steuben’s security staff dealt effectively and efficiently with the trials’ multiple security and control challenges, including parking, seating, court room control and jury management during the extremely sensitive and emotionally charged events. “Many comments were made by members of the public, including the jury, the media and visiting witnesses and prosecutors regarding the high level of service provided by the security staff,” Allard told the legislative committee. “I am honored to serve the citizens of Steuben County with such consummate professionals who work diligently to serve the public and provide a safe environment to conduct the business of Steuben County.”
The sheriff noted that as a part of his efforts, Tyner created a digital “lead desk” in which all 467 leads, associated notes and hand-written lead sheets could be readily retrieved. The electronic lead desk housed and organized more than 14,000 documents. Sheriff Allard said that Tyner often worked weekends, evenings and holidays on this case. “I commend and thank Captain Eric R. Tyner of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office for his dedication, professionalism, and commitment to justice in Steuben County,” Allard said, in his commendation. “I am honored to serve the citizens of Steuben County with such a consummate professional who is a leader both at the Sheriff’s Office and in the Steuben County law enforcement community.”