Lt. Kirk Lyon

Director, Sheriff's Academy

After graduating from Jamestown Community College, I joined the military and was on active duty for two years before being accepted into the Sheriff’s Academy in 2001. I was discharged from active duty and stayed in the reserves for six more years. I have been employed as a deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office since March 2002. While employed there, I spent over a decade working road patrol. During that time I also did a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 as a reservist. I have been a member of the county’s multi-jurisdictional SWAT team since 2005 and have been a state certified instructor at the Sheriff’s Academy since 2007. Before becoming the director of the Sheriff’s Academy, I was a firearms instructor, a defensive tactics instructor, and assisted with the Emergency Vehicle Operations program at the academy.

In 2013 I was promoted to the rank of sergeant and appointed as the training director for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, and currently hold the rank of lieutenant. As director, I maintain all in-service training for sheriff’s deputies and run the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy located on the Jamestown Campus.