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Panelist: John McCaffrey
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Former U.S. Marshal
Federal Security Director
Transportation Security Administration

John McCaffrey grew up on a dairy farm in Steuben County with his two older brothers. His Irish parents encouraged each of them to attend college before choosing their careers. John was influenced by a well respected New York State Trooper who lived in his rural area and decided early on that a life of public service in law enforcement would be an honorable profession.

John joined the New York State Police one week after graduating from college in 1970. He served as a NYS trooper, investigator, and as a senior investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. During his 24 year career he was recognized for his investigative abilities and his cooperative work with other local, state, and federal agencies including his critical role in the arrest and conviction of serial killer Arthur Shawcross.

In 1994 he was highly recommended by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter to Senior Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan for nomination to be the 13th U.S. Marshal for the Western District of New York. He retired from the New York State Police and was named the U.S. Marshal by President William Clinton where he served until 2002. He received the distinguished District of the Year Award in 1996 for the best managed district in the country. In 2000 he received from Director John Marshall the prestigious Martin J. Burke Award as the “Marshal of the Year” award.   

In 2002 he continued his public service by joining the newly formed Transportation Security Administration with the Department of Homeland Security following the events of 9/11. He presently serves as the Federal Security Director overseeing the airports at Rochester and Elmira along with the other modes of transportation located between Lake Ontario and the New York/ Pennsylvania border. In 2008 he was deployed to New Orleans to lead a task force for the safe evacuation of residents prior to hurricane Gustav.

John has enjoyed more that 30 years of officiating women’s soccer and basketball at both the high school and college level.

John and his wife Ronnie, a now retired elementary school teacher, continue to live in rural Livingston County. Their two grown, married sons have blessed them with 5 grandchildren.

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