An Auburn man who has worked for three decades with the New York State Police has been named the Cayuga Nation’s first superintendent of police.
The Cayugas announced Friday that Mark Lincoln has been hired to serve as superintendent of police. He will be responsible for recruiting and training the nation’s police officers.
Clint Halftown, the nation’s federally recognized representative, said Lincoln will also establish relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
“This is an historic moment for the Cayuga Nation, which is taking steps to restore law and order on its native lands through its authority as a sovereign Indian nation,” Halftown said. “Mark’s deep expertise in law enforcement will be invaluable to our citizens and the community at large.”
Lincoln graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was a member of the New York State Police for 30 years.
During his time with the state police, Lincoln was a criminal investigator and staff inspector. He also served as a troop commander. As troop commander, he supervised 480 employees at 24 locations.
Lincoln grew up in Port Byron and now lives in Auburn.
The addition of Lincoln follows Halftown’s announcement in the fall that the nation was establishing an office of public safety, and it had hired Arthur Pierce, a former captain with the state police and former superintendent of the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department, as the new public safety commissioner.
Members of a nation faction that has clashed with Halftown have questioned his authority to establish a police force. They said a federal ruling that recognized Halftown as a federal representative only applies to the administration of federal grants and other dealings between the nation and the U.S. government.