Wayne County

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Barry C. Virts


Jeffrey Fosdick


7368 Route 31 Lyons, NY 14489








621 square miles




Committee Member


Sheriff Barry Virts has worked in all aspects of the Wayne County Office of Sheriff.
Starting as a Correction Officer in 1977 and transferring to the Road Patrol in 1978 as a
Deputy Sheriff. Sheriff Virts was promoted to Sergeant in 1985, supervising the night
patrols and investigated serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents as a member of the
Crash Reconstruction Team. In 1988, Sheriff Virts was transferred to the Criminal
Investigations Unit and was a hostage negotiator and polygraphist. In 1993, he was
promoted to Lieutenant of Criminal Investigations in charge of all major felony crimes.
His coordination, collaboration and assistance to local, state and federal law
enforcement agencies was paramount in his assignment to a multi-jurisdiction and
agency undercover drug and wiretap investigation with the New York State Police,
Federal Bureau of Investigations and Drug Enforcement Agency.
In 1999, Sheriff Virts was promoted to Chief Deputy as the Chief Administrative Officer
of the Wayne County Jail Facility. Sheriff Virts administered a staff of over 100
correction officers, civilians and volunteers. His responsibilities included management of
the jail operations, inmate control, personnel supervision, budget accountability, staff
training, union contract negotiations, grievance proceedings and the coordination and
collaboration with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and departments.
In 2009, Barry Virts was elected Sheriff of Wayne County and in now in his second term
as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Wayne County.

Education / Training

B.S. Liberal Arts, Excelsior College, Albany, NY A.A.S. Criminal Justice, Erie Community College, Williamsville, NY.

Honors and Achievements

Sheriff Virts has received local honors and served on over thirteen Community & Advisory Boards including the WC Criminal Justice Council, WC Jail Advisory, Victim Resource Center, WC Diversity Task Force, WC Pretrial Youth and Adult Diversion, Council on Alcoholism & Other Addictions, WC Fire Chief’s Association, WC Housing Consortium, and more.

Sheriffs Office Accomplishments

The Wayne County Office of Sheriffs has a dedicated staff of 192 employees and a budget of over 18 million dollar budget.


Sheriff Virts and his wife Sandy have a blended family of six adult children and ten beautiful grandchildren.