Chief of Police

Provisional Chief Jason Cassalia 

Jason M. Cassalia began his career as a police explorer for the Town of Manlius Police Department in 1986 and was subsequently hired as a police officer in 1991. Jason served in many roles within the agency to include uniformed patrol, investigations, Emergency Services Team (EST) commander, front line supervisor and ultimately commanding both the Operations and Administrative Divisions at the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain. Chief Cassalia retired from the agency in 2011.

From 2015 to 2022, Chief Cassalia served as the Undersheriff of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, an organization of over 600 members that provides full-service law enforcement, correction, and civil operations for approximately 487,000 residents of the greater Syracuse, New York area. 

Jason also served as the Chairman of the Onondaga County 911 Policy Review and Oversight Committee, was an elected Town of Manlius Town Councilor, and served as a member of the Town of Manlius Police Committee and liaison to the Justice Courts. 

Along with his career in law enforcement and public safety, Jason is currently a Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Commission provides for international public safety accreditation through an onsite and offsite assessment of best policy, best practice public safety initiatives. He has assessed over 75 agencies in the United States and Canada from Federal, State, County, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies along with public and private emergency communications facilities, and training facilities. 

Chief Cassalia is a graduate of the 213th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Cazenovia College.