Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum
Paul J. Van Blarcum is serving his third four-year term as Ulster County Sheriff. Accomplishments during his
administration include the formation of the inter-agency Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team
(U.R.G.E.N.T.) to fight the scourge of drug-related crime, the Sheriff's Office's continued participation
in and leadership of the Ulster County Emergency Response Team (U.C.E.R.T.); the installation of garage shelters
to house the Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Post and other specialty vehicles using grant monies, working
with other law enforcement partners to form the Ulster County Police Chiefs' School Safety Committee, and a
sustained campaign targeting child support violators, among other initiatives. He takes pride in his agency's
emphasis on working cooperatively with other law enforcement and governmental agencies to prevent crime , catch
offenders, and improve public safety, as a way to strengthen the efforts of all and best serve the public.
Paul VanBlarcum joined the Sheriff's Office in June of 1976. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in
1987 and has served in every division including patrol, investigations, corrections, security, civil, training,
marine, and S.C.U.B.A. He is a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy, and in 2008 he graduated from the
National Sheriff's Institute in Colorado. His career also includes having been past president of the Ulster
County Sheriff's Employees' Association and past vice-president of the Ulster County Sheriff's Police
Benevolent Association. The Sheriff has completed numerous law enforcement and corrections training schools and
courses. His background includes a 1998 tour of service for the United Nations International Police Task Force in
war-torn Bosnia , where he organized 'Operation Cinderella', a shoe drive that gathered over 17,000 pairs
of shoes for the needy people of that country. That same year he was awarded the Ulster County Police Chief's
Award and the Pride of Ulster County Award. Having also served on the Onteora School Board and the Shandaken Town
Council, Paul is a lifelong resident of Ulster County.
Undersheriff Michael O. Freer
Michael Freer was appointed to the position of Undersheriff in January 2015. He had attained the
rank of Captain of Police Services in 2007. Undersheriff Freer first joined the Sheriff's Office as a Patrol
Deputy in 1981, was promoted to Sergeant in 1986 and then to Lieutenant in 2000. A 1975 graduate of New Paltz
High School , he holds two degrees in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science and Master's, from Marist College
and Boston College respectively. A resident of Ulster County since 1959, he resides in Tillson with his wife
Joanne and has four grown children, three daughters and a son.
Captain Vincent V. Altieri
joined the Sheriff's Office's Corrections Division in 1985 and was assigned to the Criminal Division in
1987. As a deputy, he served on the Sheriff's Anti-Crime and Narcotics units. As Sergeant, his assignments
included supervising Sheriff's Security personnel in the courts and other County buildings. During his
career, Captain Altieri trained in a variety of types of investigation and supervision and is a General Topics
instructor. He most recently held the rank of Lieutenant.
Corrections Superintendent James R. Hanstein
James R. Hanstein has was appointed by the Sheriff as Corrections Superintendent on August 10,
2009. His thirty-one years of law enforcement experience include twenty in a supervisory role. Jim began his
career with the Sheriff's Department, rising through the ranks over the course of 11 years to become
Detective Sergeant and Detective Lieutenant. As Detective Lieutenant, he supervised and handled all internal
investigations in the Corrections Division. Jim has spent the past 20 years with Federal Bureau of
Investigations. His last assignment with the FBI was Supervisor of the Undercover Sensitive Operations Unit
(USOU). This unit is responsible for all support logistics for all undercover operations in the Northeast region
of the United States. He served as the surveillance coordinator during the Beltway Sniper Case. His resume
includes being a member of the FBI New York Office Employee Assistance Program (EAP), serving as a Counselor, an
FBI-certified Critical Incident Manager, and experience handling EEO matters during his tenure at the FBI.
Chief Civil Officer John McGovern
John M. McGovern was appointed Chief Civil Officer in 2013 and is responsible for the operation of
the Civil Division and Pistol Permit Unit. As such, he oversees the service of legal process, income and property
executions, execution of warrants of eviction, seizures, civil arrest warrants and issuance of pistol licenses.
He is a 1993 graduate of New York University School of Law with over 20 years experience in property management
and landlord/tenant litigation, a former Assistant District Attorney and a certified General Topics Police
Instructor. Mr. McGovern has completed a 70 hour comprehensive course in civil procedure at the New York State
Sheriff's Association Institute as well as 105 Hours of Police Supervision training with the Ulster County
Law Enforcement Training Group.