Columbia County Democrats
Voter Guide

Mike Winnie 
for Columbia County Sheriff

The Columbia County Democratic Committee has endorsed Mike Winnie to be the Party's candidate for Columbia County Sheriff.

Born and raised in Albany, NY and a Columbia County resident since 1982, Mike Winnie attended Albany Public Schools and graduated from Philip Schuyler High School. After enlisting in the US Army serving during the Vietnam War, Mike was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 5th class in 1972. He was hired as Deputy Sheriff with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department in 1973. Among other posts, he has previously served as Stockport Police Chief and a Columbia County Deputy Sheriff.

Mike Winnie resides in Stuyvesant with his wife Magaret. He has two daughters, Tonya (deceased) and Michelle, and an adopted son Walter, and foster son Rodney Curl. He also has three grandsons, Mark (15), Kaleb (10) and Ayden (3)

The Columbia County Democratic Committee is proud to endorse Mr. Winnie for Columbia County Sheriff.

Experience - Current
Hudson Valley Community College
  • NYS Campus Peace Officer
Experience - Previous
Albany County Sheriff’s Department
  • Civil Enforcement Unit overseeing the duties of 5 deputies and 8 civilian personnel, including all court related mandates including Warrants of Eviction and Family Court Warrants of Arrest, both Adult & Juvenile.
  • Sergeant (Shift Supervisor) in charge of the law enforcement activity of 7 assigned deputies.
  • Conducted and oversaw preliminary criminal investigations
  • Accident Investigator and Traffic Safety Supervisor
  • Transportation & Security Detail
  • Airport Security Detail
  • Civil Enforcement Unit
  • Police Patrol Unit
  • Retired from the department in April 2000 after 27 years of service
Town of Stockport Police Department
  • Police Chief
Columbia County Sheriff's Department
  • Deputy Sheriff
Village of Chatham Police Department
  • Police Officer
Law Enforcement Training

  • Zone 5 Law Enforcement School‘s Basic Course for Police Officers
  • New York State Course in Police Supervision
  • Public Safety Critical Incident Management
  • Basic & Advanced Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation
  • Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction
  • Impaired Driver Recognition, Interview & Interrogation Techniques
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
  • New York State Civil Law Practice & Procedures
  • Supervisory & Employee Ethics
  • Sexual Harassment Counseling & Discipline
  • Child Sexual Abuse Investigation 
  • Legal Issues for Law Enforcement 
  • Certified in Police Doppler Radar 
  • Breath Analysis Operator 
  • NYS Police Sex Offense Seminar

Awards and Honors

Volunteer of the Year Award - Presented by Albany County Executive for work with underprivileged children and families located in the Hill towns of Albany County during Christmas seasons.
Certificates of Appreciation from NYS Senate & Assembly for participation in the Annual Summer Safe Kids Program.

Capital District Fraternal Order of Police
Tri County Council Viet Nam Era Veterans
Vietnam Veterans of America
American Legion Post 47, Valatie NY
TriVillage Gun Club, Valatie NY

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