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Undersheriff Muscarella retires after 38-year career

After nearly 38 years on the force, Niagara County Undersheriff Samuel J. Muscarella Jr. has retired.

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour on Friday announced the retirement of his top assistant, who has served in the role of undersheriff for 18 years during two administrations.

"Today, Niagara County is losing an extremely loyal and dedicated public servant," Voutour said. "Undersheriff Muscarella will best be remembered for his extremely high sense of integrity and his dedication and love for the Sheriff's Office."

Muscarella began his law enforcement career Jan. 21, 1974, and was a member of the first graduating class of the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy. He was initially assigned to both corrections and road patrol before being promoted to investigator, where he worked in the Criminal Division and Drug Task Force.

On Jan. 1, 1994, newly elected Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein selected Muscarella as his undersheriff, a position he held for 15 1/2 years.

Muscarella, a Town of Lockport resident, was named acting sheriff when Beilein was appointed to the state Commission on Corrections.

"I don't foresee making any changes," Muscarella said at the time. "Obviously, there's going to be a little more pressure and a little more work for me and my chief deputies, Jack Taylor and Jim Voutour. But we've got to take care of business, and we will."

When Voutour was elected sheriff in 2008, Muscarella was again selected to serve as undersheriff.

"I will greatly miss his wisdom and loyalty, and wish him well," Voutour said.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Muscarella served in the Army.

Voutour is expected to announce a new undersheriff in the next few days, officials said.

Also retiring Friday were Investigator Daniel Brown, who served for 38 years, and Investigator Patrick Cerminara, who served for 35 years.