Bourke plans ceremonial swearing in as sheriff on Jan. 6

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 December 2019 at 9:19 am

Chris Bourke

ALBION — Chris Bourke will take the ceremonial oath of office at 4 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the new legislative chambers at the County Administration Building at 14016 Route 31.

Bourke and other leaders at the Sheriff’s Office will take the oath, including Michael Mele, the new undersheriff; Jeff Gifaldi, who will be the new chief deputy; and Scott Wilson, who is continuing as the jail superintendent.

Bourke starts as Orleans County’s new sheriff on Jan. 1. He is succeeding Randy Bower, who is retiring.

Bourke has been the undersheriff the past four years. He was elected in November.

He has worked with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office for 35 years, starting his career as a correction officer and then was a deputy sheriff before working 18 years as a lieutenant. He was supervisor of the Marine Patrol, and also was a K9 officer for 20 years.

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