Dispatcher, chief deputy seek to succeed Hess as sheriff

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two long-time employees at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department are vying to be the next sheriff.

Scott Hess, Orleans County’s sheriff for nearly 12 years, will retire after Dec. 31, ending a 31-year career in law enforcement.

Chief Deputy Tom Drennan and Randy Bower, a public safety dispatcher, are both meeting with Town Republican Committees around the county, seeking their support for their campaigns. The full county GOP Committee will meet on May 7 to make an endorsement.

The sheriff oversees the criminal investigations, the road patrol, marine patrol, jail, dispatch, animal control and a civil division. There are about 100 employees in the Sheriff’s Department.