About Toby


Toby Shelley

My military career spans  30 years in both the United States Air Force and the New York Air National Guard.  This includes serving in Iraq from 2006-2007 as the Assistant Fire Chief and working with Iraqis to foster lasting relationships, provide basic needs and medical assistance, and obtain vital intelligence for the US government.  I am also a former Deputy Fire Chief for the New York Air National Guard, and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant.

Receiving Iraqi fire fighter patch.


I retired from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department Police Division in 2011 after a long and rewarding career that gave me a variety of experience.  During my seven years as a Sergeant, I supervised deputies and managed day-to-day operations and critical incidents.  Prior to that I also served as Sheriff Field Training Officer, Detective in the Fugitive Task Force, and Patrol Deputy.


The Shelley farm

I am a resident of Otisco, where I manage the cattle farm that has been in my family for about 200 years.  I am also a volunteer for the Otisco Fire Department, the town historian, and a member of my local Masonic lodge.

As the only candidate in this race who has experience as a member of the Sheriff’s Department, a Firefighter and a Veteran, I will bring to the office of County Executive a lifetime of community service.


Ziggurat Ancient city of Iraq


Toby on his farm in Otisco


Live fire training 2003 Niagara Falls





Toby’s Brick in his honor at the Great New York State Fair

Shelley For Sheriff

Senior Master Sergeant Toby Shelley


Toby with his dogs Luke and Levi

My Background:

Law Enforcement Background

  • 2004-retirement – Sheriff’s Supervisor
  • 2000-2004 – Field Training Officer
  • 1999-2000 – Sheriff’s Detective
  • 1994-1999 –  Sheriff’s Road Patrol Officer

College Degrees

  • Masters in Criminal Justice-Columbia College 2010
  • Baccalaureate Interdisciplinary studies (History)-Columbia College 2007
  • Associate in Applied Science (Fire science)-Community College of the Air Force 2003
  • Associate in Arts with honors (Liberal Arts)-City Colleges of Chicago 1990
  • Associate in Applied Science (Logistics)-Community College of the Air Force 1988

Professional Training

  • Basic Course for Police officers
  • Basic aerosol subject restraint
  • Managing traffic incidents & emergencies
  • Course in Police supervision
  • Community oriented policing
  • Radar operator course
  • Public safety critical incident management
  • Breathalyzer operator
  • General Topics instructor
  • Field interviewing
  • Basic incident command system
  • Traumas of law enforcement
  • Response to agricultural terrorism

Military Schools & Training

  • Fuel specialist 1984
  • Cryogenic Specialist 1986
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Specialist 1990 (Honor Graduate)
  • Mechanical Systems Electrical Controls 1990
  • Fire Protection Specialist 1992 (Honor Graduate)
  • Contingency Firefighter course 1993
  • Noncommissioned Officer Academy 2002
  • Chief Fire Officer’s Course 2005
  • Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy 2006

National Fire Fighter Qualifications

  • Fire fighter 1
  • Airport fire fighter
  • Fire Officer 1,2,3
  • Fire Inspector 1,2
  • Fire Instructor 1,2
  • Hazmat awareness
  • Hazmat operations
  • Hazmat technician
  • Hazmat incident commander
  • Public tele communicator 1
  • Advanced aircraft rescue and fire fighting
  • Emergency vehicle driver training
  • National incident management system

New York State Training Certificates

  • Essentials of Firemanship
  • Fire Police training
  • Fire department management and operations
  • Hazmat first responder
  • Ladder company operations
  • Fire extinguisher maintenance
  • Incident command system
  • Confined space awareness and safety
  • Fire Instructor 1,2
  • Hazardous waste management

Promotions and Recognitions

United States Air Force

  • Airman First class 1984
  • Senior Airman 1986
  • Sergeant 1987
  • Staff Sergeant 1988
  • Technical Sergeant 2002
  • Master Sergeant 2004
  • Senior Master Sergeant 2009

Military Medals/Ribbons

  • Commendation Medal 2007
  • Iraq Campaign Medal 2006-2007
  • Achievement Medal 1991 (Gulf War)
  • National Defense Ribbon
  • War on Terrorism Ribbon
  • Achievement Medal 1988 (Turkey)
  • Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • Air Force Reserve Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit award
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold boarder (COMBAT)
  • Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Air Force Over seas Ribbon

Other Affiliations

  • Volunteer Firefighter since 1982
  • Arbor Day Foundation
  • Harley

    Toby on his Harley





  • photo 2Pontiac Oakland Car Club
  • Tigris Shrine
*Use of military rank, job titles and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the US Air Force or the Department of Defense.