CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam County Sheriff-elect Robert Langley Jr. has announced the names of the five new captains he has appointed as the command team at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Langley said earlier this month that when he takes office on Jan. 1, he would not be bringing back the five captains who served under Sheriff Don Smith.
The five new appointees, which includes the first female captain in the history of the Sheriff’s Office, each have an average of 25 years of law enforcement experience. They bring a broad range of law enforcement experience from the FBI, the Westchester County Department of Corrections, the New York City Police Department, the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
“I am very happy that we have assembled a command team with such deep and varied experience,” Langley said in a prepared statement. “This is an incredible team that will elevate professionalism, raise standards, improve public safety and return integrity to the department. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will be in good hands.”
The new captains are:
Jon T. Jennings, Captain, Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Jennings currently serves as a special agent with the FBI’s White Plains Office. He served as acting supervisory agent of the FBI’s Organized Crime Squad, where he was lead case agent on several multi-year, complex organized crime investigations.
Over his 22-year career with the FBI, Jennings investigated homicide, drug trafficking, racketeering, money laundering and weapons trafficking. He was lead case agent on investigations of the Genovese crime family, resulting in the prosecution of more than 100 defendants. He is also an FBI firearms instructor.
Kevin M. Cheverko, Captain, Putnam County Jail
Cheverko currently serves as commissioner of correction for the Westchester County Department of Correction. A 32-year corrections veteran, Cheverko rose from correction officer to sergeant to captain, becoming commissioner in 2010.
As commissioner, Cheverko oversees the operation of the Westchester County Jail, including its inmate programs, Gang Intelligence Unit, Special Housing Unit and national accreditation. The Westchester County Jail, which is larger than the Putnam County Jail by almost tenfold, has a capacity of 1,800 inmates.
Cheverko has received national and local accreditations and commendations for the Westchester County Jail from the United States Department of Justice, the New York State Commission of Correction and the American Correctional Association. Among other goals, Cheverko will work to have the Putnam County Jail nationally accredited.
Lisa Ortolano, Esq., Captain, Civil Division
Ortolano brings more than 27 years of criminal and civil law experience as a career prosecutor, defense attorney and civil litigator. She served as a supervisor of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Criminal Court Bureau and as deputy bureau chief, where she supervised more than 60 attorneys in the prosecution of violent felony offenses, domestic violence and drug-related crimes. Ortolano also trained assistant district attorneys in litigation and ethics.
Ortolano joined the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office in 2009, and served as first assistant district attorney, providing leadership in the office and supervising assistant district attorneys in the prosecution of cases.
Edward W. Swarm Jr., Captain, Road Patrol
Swarm served for 24 years with the New York City Police Department, rising from patrol officer to sergeant to lieutenant of detectives. Swarm led an impact unit, rotating in high crime areas, responding to major crimes. As a platoon commander, Swarm managed all command operations in his precinct, deploying officers in response to emergencies.
After being promoted to lieutenant of detectives, Swarm managed a team of 20 detectives, supervising criminal investigations from robbery to homicide. He served as a patrol supervisor, where he managed police officers and coverage, and as anti-crime supervisor, targeting high- crime areas. Swarm led a team of plain-clothes officers on patrols to arrest suspects in the act of committing crimes.
James Babcock, Captain, Communications
Babcock served in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department from 1993 until 2016. While serving in the Road Patrol Division, he was selected as a field training officer, and in 2008 was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Babcock was also a member of the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit and the Emergency Response Team during his tenure in the division. In 2011, he was selected for the position of criminal investigator and assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
He was later selected to attend and complete numerous training opportunities given by FBI, New York City Police Department and the New York State Police. Additionally, Babcock serves as a senior non-commissioned officer with the 105th Air Wing Communications Flight at New York Air National Guard Base in Newburg. He has a military career with more than 20 years of service.