Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has chosen Vera Fludd as the new county sheriff, citing Fludd’s more than three decades in corrections and her success in boosting morale at the county jail after complaints about inmate health care.
Fludd, 56, of Freeport, the acting sheriff, became a correction officer in 1984 after graduating from Nassau Community College. She rose in the ranks at the jail and, if confirmed by the county legislature, would become Nassau’s first female county sheriff.
“We were interviewing candidates for that position and we just weren’t finding what we wanted,” Curran said Friday. “Then we figured out that the right one was already there.”
Curran, a Democrat, said that since becoming acting sheriff Jan. 1, Fludd has improved morale among the 900 employees at the East Meadow jail by “empowering the captains and other officers to really do their jobs.”
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