Bourke has earned confidence of Sheriff’s Office employees, many other law enforcement agencies

Posted 22 June 2019 at 4:29 pm


The Republican Primary is coming at us fast and there is only one responsible choice for Sheriff – Chris Bourke. Currently the Undersheriff, Bourke has spent his entire career in the Sheriff’s Office and has also served as a volunteer fireman, providing dedicated service to the residents of Orleans County for well over 35 years.

While he and his opponent may have comparable qualifications, Bourke has unique operational knowledge of the department, having experience in each of its divisions. With his level of proficiency there is no learning curve, and no need for “meet and greets,” as Bourke is already familiar with the residents of this county and is perceptive to their needs. Bourke has an excellent understanding of the budgetary process, how the county government functions, and has already established good working relationships with many county officials.

The rank and file of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies Association and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Employees Association both endorsed Bourke for Sheriff, and were recently joined by the New York State Deputy Sheriff’s Association; the New York State Police Benevolent Association; and Council 82 – New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Those endorsements from both local and state law enforcement unions speak volumes for the confidence they have in Chris Bourke to provide top notch leadership and governance as Orleans County Sheriff.

These are current employees, who recognize what a great leader Bourke is – not ones who worked for the department 23 years and four administrations ago. While many of these employees would jump at the opportunity to submit public letters of support for Bourke individually, they are mindful of obeying a policy which prevents them from using their titles in such letters, a policy which the Rochester Police Department must lack or not enforce.

Fellow Republicans, if Republican principles matter to you, I urge you to vote for Chris Bourke.


Chris Caufield