Upon information and belief, the place where this claim arose was at RensselaerCounty Public Safety Building, 4000 Main Street, Troy, NY 12180.5.
Upon information and belief, the claim of Chief Vibert arose in the followingmanner:On or about March 19, 2012, Claimant Ruth Vibert became the Chief of Corrections and the Jail Administrator for the Rensselaer County Sheriff’sDepartment. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department, Chief Vibert was theAssociate Director of Public Safety at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a positionshe held for ten years following her career in law enforcement. At that time Chief Vibert assumed her duties with Rensselaer County, the Rensselaer County Jailwas a disaster. The jail, and personnel employed there, were under a series of lawenforcement investigations, including for financial fraud, brutality to inmates, andHIPPA violations. Chief Vibert stepped into this environment, and madesignificant strides toward cleaning up the Rensselaer County Jail, and restoring anatmosphere of professionalism and discipline to the RCJ workforce. As part of her employment, Chief Vibert was required to complete an associate’s degree, forwhich she still needed twelve credits. In this regard, Chief Vibert enrolled in theNew York State Corrections Academy in November 26, 2012, which would haveprovided her, upon information and belief, with college credit through EmpireState College. The Corrections Academy was, in fact, sponsored by theRensselaer County Sheriff’s Department.Over the course of the first day of the Corrections Academy, Chief Vibert wastaken out of the class by Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar about variousissues in the Jail, which then required Chief Vibert to miss class. On theNovember 27, 2012, Chief Vibert was removed from the Academy again bySheriff Mahar, and asked to investigate a missing firearm at the RensselaerCounty Jail. Sheriff Mahar demanded that Chief Vibert dedicate her time to thefirearm investigation, and skip the Corrections Academy. At that time, Chief Vibert expressed her concern that she would not finish her Associate’s Degree in