A lifetime of serving the community.
With his long history of public service, and extensive experience in law enforcement and public safety, John Balloni is uniquely qualified for the office of Onondaga County Sheriff.
John started his law enforcement career with the Baldwinsville Police, where he served proudly for 23 years, retiring as Chief of Police in 2000. He spent the next decade working for Onondaga County 911, becoming Commissioner in 2006. In 2010, at the request of Sheriff Kevin Walsh, John returned to law enforcement to serve as a Chief Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office.
Today John serves as Chief Deputy of the Civil and Administrative departments for the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to managing a $70 million budget, John’s oversees the personnel office, Training Unit, Records Division and Pistol Permit Unit. He’s also the primary liaison to the Legislature and County Executive’s office.
In addition to his work at the Sheriff’s Office, John is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College, teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level criminal justice courses. His professional memberships include Upstate Safe Kids Coalition, the Onondaga County Chiefs of Police, the Central New York Chiefs of Police, the District Attorney’s Advisory Council and the Lysander Town Republican Committee. He also co-chairs the Justice and Elder Abuse committees of the Onondaga County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition.
John has always been committed to serving our community in both professional and volunteer capacities. His honors include the Sister Mary Vera Award, for his work in domestic and sexual violence response and prevention, and the District Attorney’s Advisory Council Award for Community Service.
A graduate of the FBI National Academy program, John earned an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and a B.A. in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego.
John and his wife, Maryrose, are longtime Baldwinsville residents and proud parents for four grown children.