John Cleere, Vice President
John Cleere joined the Safe Harbors Board of Directors in 2013. He is Undersheriff for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this, he served for the Sheriff’s Office as a uniform officer, an investigator, and then as Chief Deputy. Prior to this, he served for the Sheriff’s Office as a uniform officer and then as an investigator. John holds certifications as a police instructor with a specialty in domestic violence; police supervision; crime scene technician; homicide, and all types of child abuse. He is also an Advanced Juvenile Officer and a DARE Officer.
John has received special congressional recognition for a child predator case, as well as recognition from the Seneca County Board of Supervisors for taking down a multi county child sex ring. He received Sheriff’s Department Personnel of the Year Award, and numerous other commendations on child abuse and major crime cases. He has appeared on three national television network TV shows related to cases that he has solved: 20/20, Dateline, and True Crime with Aphrodite Jones.
John was born and raised in Waterloo, NY and resides today in Seneca Falls, NY. He is a graduate of the Police Academy, as well as the FBI National Academy. He has been married 28 years and has raised 4 children, now grown. He enjoys family activities, exploring civil war battlefields, camping, hiking, bicycling, and reading.
In addition to his work at Safe Harbors, John volunteers for the Seneca County Youth Bureau, Boy Scouts of America, Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition, and numerous other school and youth programs. He considers victim advocacy a crucial weight in balancing the scales of justice in our legal system.