SENECA FALLS — Two more former state troopers have joined the Cayuga Indian Nation Police Department. They will work for Col. Mark Lincoln, the first superintendent of the tribe’s new law enforcement branch.
James Stowell joins the department as a captain. He served in the Army and spent 26 years with the New York State Police, rising to the rank of zone sergeant. Stowell earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and recently completed an 11-year term as Cayuga County undersheriff.
June Worden will serve as a patrol sergeant. She served in the Marine Corps for nine years before joining the state police, rising to the rank of lieutenant. Worden has also worked for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety.
“With the addition of Capt. Stowell and Sgt. Worden, the Cayuga Nation Police Department leadership team has a combined 90 years of law enforcement experience,” Cayuga Nation leader Clint Halftown said.
Halftown said Lincoln has recruited nine other officers who are undergoing interviews, psychological exams, fitness testing, drug screening, and background checks.
Lincoln was hired in May after a 30-year career with the state police. He was a troop commander and criminal investigator. The Rochester Institute of Technology graduate is a Port Byron native who lives in Auburn.
“Col. Lincoln and his team have the full support of the Cayuga Nation Council and are working closely with other law enforcement agencies in a coordinated way to maintain peace and safety on Cayuga Nation lands and businesses,” Halftown said.
The Cayugas own land in Seneca and Cayuga counties. They have applied to put 129 acres of that property into federal trust, including the land that houses the tribe’s gas station and convenience stores in Seneca Falls and Union Springs.
The Nation is headquartered on Route 89 in Seneca Falls.