Kenneth A. Decker, Colonel
Colonel Kenneth A. Decker is the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Corrections Administrator within the Corrections Division. Colonel Decker graduated from Pine Bush High School, in Orange County, in 1976. In 1978, after being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, he began his career in Corrections as a Supervisor for Inmate Farm Gangs at Wallkill Correctional Facility. In 1982, after graduating from Orange County Community College with an Associate in Science degree, he attended the New York State Correction Officer Academy at Altamont, New York. He was a Correction Officer for the New York State Department of Correctional Services from 1982-1986, at which time he was promoted to Sergeant. In 1992, he was promoted to Lieutenant and in 1994 was promoted to Captain at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York. In 2000, he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Security at the maximum security Sullivan Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, New York and was promoted to First Deputy Superintendent at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in 2006. In 2007, Colonel Decker was promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Operations at the newly merged New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
In 1978, Colonel Decker joined the New York Air National Guard, 105th Tactical Air Support Group at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. He ended his military career over 29 years later retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant from the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York. He received additional college degrees as follows: Associate in Applied Science in Logistics, U.S. Air Force Community College in 2000; Bachelor of Science in Correctional Administration, SUNY Empire in 2001.
During his career at New York State Department of Corrections, Colonel Decker was a Correction Officer Union Shop Steward, Crisis Intervention Assistant Team Leader, rater for multiple Civil Service promotional exams and Departmental Expert Witness for security matters for the Attorney General’s office in the Southern Tier. He developed operational policy for the first New York State Correctional Facility Mental Health Behavioral Health Unit. At his retirement in 2013, he was the Assistant Commissioner with operational oversight of all New York State prisons within the Southern part of the state.
On November 23, 2013, Colonel Decker began his career in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office with his appointment as the Corrections Administrator. In his capacity, he is responsible for the oversight of the county correctional facility and the corrections division including administration, operations, fiscal management, as well as planning, development and implementation of facility policies, programs and practices.