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.
heard about the open position, Vibert
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
" ... 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."
is a lifelong resident of the Capital District.
swearing in ceremony was attended by her
81-year-old mother and 18-year-old son.
also has a 13-year-old daughter.