As the United States marshals its way through its first winter in office, the agency’s New Yorkers are facing the task of serving the city’s vast, sparsely populated, and, for the most part, underfunded workforce.
But some local agents are hoping to change that and set an example for the rest of the country.
“I want the world to know that I’m not an absentee agent,” said a woman named Kelly who works as a notary signing in Manhattan.
“I want to be able to see every day what I’m doing.
I want to know when I’m coming home.
I’d like to be a role model for the next generation.”
A small but growing contingent of New Yorkers have joined the marshals’ ranks, and some of the officers themselves have joined their ranks.
The New York City Police Department is also hiring a notarial signing agent to sign all sorts of bond documents and make sure the marshalls are fully staffed.
The department also announced that its next batch of marshals will be from the county sheriff’s office, which has a smaller workforce and is not nearly as popular.
“We are looking for more than just a couple of people to do this job,” said Lt.
Eric G. Kostka, the New York State marshals office’s director of public affairs.
“We need to hire people with experience and who are willing to help the department get the job done.”
The New York Police Department has a backlog of about 8,000 bonds, and the marshall’s office has more than 1,200 sworn officers who are also notarized, but the department has struggled to hire and retain people.
A recent review by the city inspector general found that some marshals had been forced to resign because of misconduct, and a recent investigation by the New Jersey State Attorney General’s office found that the department failed to train its officers properly.
“The New Yorkers who have joined our ranks are making an example of us, and they are saying, we have to be better,” said New York’s deputy police commissioner, Thomas F. Foley, who is also a member of the New Yorkers for Notary Signing Association.
“It shows the city of New York that they care about the marshal’s job, and that they are willing and able to do their jobs.”
The marshals are currently working to fill an additional 8,200 vacancies, but they’ve found that their recruiting efforts have been hindered by a shortage of notarization agents.
The marshals currently have about 1,000 agents, but some of those agents have been let go or have been terminated, said Foley.
The New Yorker’s experience has taught some new officers how to be good agents, Foley said.
“They’ve seen the value of a good agent.
They see the value in being professional.
They’ve seen that when you do your job well, people don’t have to get paid, and you get the respect you deserve.”
The Marshal’s Office is hiring notaries to help fill the vacancies and has also enlisted some of its own marshals to help out with some of these jobs.
“As you see, notaries are not only good at signing, they are also good at keeping the public safe,” Foley said, noting that notaries can provide proof of a person’s identity to the authorities.
A notary is an independent notary who is authorized to sign and issue bonds.
A notary signature can be a legal document that establishes the person’s ownership of property or money, as well as identifying someone’s name, and is used for tax purposes.
Notaries also sign bonds for the city, county, or state, and are sometimes called notaries of the court.
Notary signing agents have experience working with federal and state governments, and Foley said he has spoken with several who have worked in the marshaled agency’s notary signers division.
“They are professional, they know their stuff,” Foley told the New Yorker.
“That is one of the things we have seen working with the marshaler’s office and that is one thing that has helped us as they’ve grown.
I think it’s very exciting.
They have a lot of skills and knowledge.”