County Sheriff’s Office announces retirement of lieutenant 

(Photo provided by Timothy A. Bennett, Owner & Publisher of The Cortland Voice).

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office announced the retirement of a lieutenant after almost 20 years of service.

Lt. Garry Williams, who started as a corrections officer at the Cortland County Jail in 2005, is officially retiring today (April 26), according to a release.

Garry Williams, lieutenant of the county sheriff's criminal investigation division, officially retired on April 26. (Photo from The Cortland County Sheriff's Office).

Williams is a graduate of Moravia High School. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Army, proudly serving in Fort Carson Colorado and Camp Casey Korea. After four years as an active duty sergeant, Williams enlisted in the New York State Army National Guard. While serving with the National Guard, he became a corrections officer at the county jail.

After a couple of years as staff sergeant with the National Guard, Williams left to fully focus on his position as corrections officer. Then, in 2007, Williams joined the county sheriff’s office as a road patrol officer.

Williams was then promoted to the rank of investigator sergeant in the criminal investigation division in 2015. He received another promotion in 2020, this time as lieutenant of the road patrol division. William’s very last position in the county sheriff’s office was lieutenant in the criminal investigation division.

Noted in the release, “(Williams) will be remembered as a dedicated professional with a big heart. Although he will be missed, we wish Garry all the best in his future endeavors.”