Former Sheriff Hasenauer dies

Published Oct 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

Oneida County’s longest serving sheriff — William Hasenauer — is being regarded as “an icon in the law enforcement community” after his passing on Oct. 3.

All flags on county property will be flown at half-staff, and the Sheriff’s Office will wear black bands over their badges for 14 days.

Hasenauer, age 89, was first appointed sheriff at the start of 1974 when his predecessor stepped down.

Hasenauer was serving as undersheriff at the time. He served as sheriff until his retirement in 1990.

Hasenauer’s career in law enforcement spanned over 35 years, authorities said. He would go on to serve multiple terms as supervisor in the Town of Forestport.

“He was an icon in the law enforcement community,” said current Sheriff Robert M. Maciol this morning.

He described Hasenauer as “old school” and “a cop’s cop,” portraying him as a man who spoke his mind and “didn’t pull his punches.”

Maciol said Hasenauer was very protective of the office of sheriff. Upon his own election, Maciol said Hasenauer told him that “you have to be their sheriff, you are the people’s sheriff.”

He added that Hasenauer told him that political parties didn’t matter after an election, that the sheriff serves all of the people of the county.

“Don’t ever forget, they’re your bosses,” Maciol recalled Hasenauer’s words.