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Ruth H. Vibert

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Employment History

Advisory Board Member


Associate Director of Public Safety Administration and Operations

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Associate Director and Lieutenant

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Midnight Road Sergeant

Waterford Police Department


Waterford Police Department


associate degree

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Chief Ruth Vibert Rensselaer County S.O. 4000 Main Street Troy, NY 12180 518-266-1601

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Lieutenant Ruth H. Vibert

Wednesday, January 24
• Bosquet Mt., Mass.

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Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar with new Rensselaer County Jail Chief of Corrections, Ruth Vibert.

Vibert is no stranger to public safety and law enforcement, having served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, and previously working as a midnight road sergeant with the Waterford Police Department and as a member of the mounted police in Saratoga.
Most recently, Vibert was the associate director and lieutenant for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where for 10 years she oversaw the administration and supervision of sergeants, officers and public safety specialists.
As chief of corrections, Vibert will be responsible for running day-to-day operations and training of the staff; she will also be a liaison with the New York State Commission of Correction. In addition to those duties, she will assist in the planning of future objectives for the jail.
When she heard about the open position, Vibert said she jumped at the chance to apply, adding that she has long had respect for both the sheriff and the department, and on Monday she was anxious to dive in.
"I'm very excited, very, very pleased," she said. " ... I am looking forward to getting the opportunity to work with all the professionals here, implement the vision that the sheriff has identified for me during our conversations, and just bring the professionalism and the cohesiveness into the corrections side of the department."
Vibert is a lifelong resident of the Capital District. Her swearing in ceremony was attended by her 81-year-old mother and 18-year-old son. She also has a 13-year-old daughter.

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Vibert alleges that she briefed Mahar on Gorman's complaint and that he responded by directing her "to assist the sheriff in terminating Gorman's employment and/or preventing his promotion to sergeant," the claim states. "Mahar also directed Chief Vibert to shred all documents regarding Gorman's complaints of workplace violence."

Vibert said she had been working, with the sheriff's knowledge, to obtain an associate degree in order to meet the minimum qualification for the job. But she said on Feb. 26 she received a letter from Mahar "demanding a copy of her associate's degree. The following day she requested an extension to have time to obtain 12 college credits needed to obtain her degree, but the request was denied by the sheriff and she was terminated, according to the complaint.
"I am extremely disappointed over this action, however, it is a personnel matter and I publicly can't discuss personnel matters," Mahar said. "It will be turned over to the county attorney's office for review and further action."
Vibert was hired to the $85,078-a-year job last March. She had been associate director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's public safety office, worked as a sergeant in the Waterford Police Department, as a mounted officer for the State Park Police and in the State Army National Guard and Army Reserve as a military police officer.
Keach said that Vibert will file a lawsuit in either state or federal court.
The claim by Vibert comes as the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office are investigating misconduct by jail officers, including allegations that correction officers steered inmates to vote against Mahar in the last election.

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Ruth Vibert, first woman to head local jail, was let go last week

"I really can't comment much on it because it is a personnel matter, but Ruth failed to meet the minimum standards under civil service law to keep her job," Mahar said.
Vibert was sworn in on March 19 to head the Bureau of Corrections at the 473-bed jail just as state and federal law enforcement agencies launched broad investigations into the activities of the correction officers, including whether their initiative to garner inmates' votes violated state or federal laws. The probes are part of a broader investigation that began when a group of correction officers accused their labor leaders of fraud and looting union dues for personal use.
A month before Vibert was hired, the Times Union reported that law enforcement agencies were checking allegations that correction officers at the jail had pushed inmates to register and vote in previous fall's primary and general elections as part of an effort to unseat Mahar.
Vibert was previously associate director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's public safety office, worked as a sergeant in the Waterford Police Department, as a mounted officer for the State Park police and in the State Army National Guard and Army Reserves as a military police officer.

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