Tory DeCaire to lead Child Advocacy Center

Former Oswego Police Chief Tory DeCaire has been chosen as the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s new executive director.

A native of Oswego, DeCaire recently retired after 22 years on the Oswego Police Department. While he had no immediate plans for future employment, when approached with the opportunity to lead the CAC DeCaire felt compelled to do so.

“Throughout my career the Oswego Police Department collaborated with the CAC and its partners in the investigation of child abuse cases,” said DeCaire. “Shortly after becoming police chief I toured the CAC offices. It gave me a clear picture of the CAC and a better understanding of the scope of its work and the tremendous job its staff does to help children and their families recover emotionally from the trauma of physical and sexual abuse. I felt that if I could be a part of that mission, and that my experience may move the CAC forward, then I should offer that to them.”

As executive director DeCaire will oversee every aspect of the CAC; from investigation and counseling, to advocating for children and families and the prosecution of offenders. He will also be actively involved with identifying grant opportunities and fundraising events such as the CAC’s upcoming Wing Fest and Pinwheel Campaign.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the CAC,” said DeCaire. “One of my top priorities will be to conduct a thorough needs assessment. The CAC has a very talented staff of professionals. I want to eliminate any barriers that may interfere with the work they do and ensure that the staff has the resources they need to help children and their families heal and move on with their lives.”

Photo: DeCaire