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Colleen O’Neill, 28-year veteran of state police, considering run for Jefferson County sheriff

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Colleen M. O’Neill, 51, LaFargeville, a 28-year veteran of the state police and daughter of former Sheriff Alfred P. O’Neill, is weighing a run for Jefferson County sheriff as a Democrat.

Ms. O’Neill retired from the state police in 2012 as a senior investigator in charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation unit at the Alexandria Bay state police barracks.

“I think my overall qualifications, my supervisory experience and my leadership skills would be relevant to leading that department into the future,” Ms. O’Neill said.

Ms. O’Neill was one of only 10 women in her 1984 rookie class at the state police academy.

She left the road patrol in 1993 to become a counselor at the academy before her training at the U.S. Secret Service dignitary protection school landed her a two-year detail on Gov. George E. Pataki’s security staff.

As a member of that detail, she accompanied the governor to the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego.

In 2001, she was assigned to the state police Medicolegal Investigation Unit, assisting nationally prominent pathologist Dr. Michael M. Baden.

She made the transition to BCI in 2002.

Two other candidates already have announced their intention to run for the office.

John R. Bocciolatt, a Watertown native and retired Portland city police detective, is seeking the GOP nomination for the position.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Paul W. Trudeau announced in December that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination.

Ms. O’Neill said she would announce her decision about running for sheriff next week.

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