Colleen M. O’Neill, a Democrat running for Jefferson County Sheriff, announced Thursday that she has been endorsed by the National Troopers Coalition and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 910.
Ms. O’Neill is a retired senior investigator with the New York state police. Her father, Alfred P. O’Neill, served as Jefferson County Sheriff from 1977 to 1985 after a long career with the state police.
The National Troopers Coalition issued a statement on Ms. O’Neill’s behalf.
“Colleen O’Neill has proven herself as hard-working, dedicated law enforcement officer who has a strong sense of justice. Colleen O’Neill is the best qualified candidate for Jefferson County Sheriff, and the National Troopers Coalition is proud to endorse her,” the statement read.
The coalition consists of 42 member associations in 38 states, representing more than 40,000 troopers nationwide.
John T. O’Driscoll, business manager for IBEW local 910, based in Watertown, issued the following statement endorsing Ms. O’Neill in a letter to the candidate:
“Your dedication to the law enforcement community and the New York State Police in your career speaks volumes to what type of leadership you will provide to the Jefferson County Sheriff Department.”
Ms. O’Neill is running against Jefferson County Undersheriff Paul W. Trudeau in a Democratic primary in September. Mr. Trudeau is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the New York state Department of Corrections. He began his career with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in 1998 and served as a DARE officer and head of the department’s K-9 unit.
The winner of the primary will face Republican John R. Bocciolatt, a Watertown native who retired as a detective sergeant with the Portland, Ore., Police Bureau after a distinguished career as an investigator.