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LOCKPORT – Chief Deputy Thomas C. Beatty, a member of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office for the past 36 years, has been awarded the Carl Draxler Award for career achievement.

The award, named in memory of the late sheriff of Chemung County, recognizes a member of the Sheriff’s Office whose “exceptional career achievement and conscientious devotion to duty have demonstrated a spirit of public service.”

Beatty has worked under four sheriffs in the past 36 years. He was appointed chief deputy, the third highest ranking position in the Sheriff’s Office, in 2009.

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour, who nominated Beatty for the award, called him the go-to guy in the department who colleagues often turn to for information.

“An often-heard refrain around the Sheriff’s Office is ‘Ask Chief Beatty, he’ll know,’ and he does,” said Voutour. “I, too, rely on him because he is an expert in law enforcement matters.”

Beatty has often served as liaison to the Niagara County Legislature, and through his initiative a proposal for fighting welfare fraud was enacted. He also has been instrumental in obtaining $10 million in grant money for Niagara County, which included the purchase of a $360,000 mobile command unit for the Sheriff’s Office at no cost to taxpayers.

Beatty has also received a number of additional individual recognition awards over the years, including the Sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award and the Craig C. Harmon Award for overall excellence and commitment to duty, community, co-workers and family.