A sheriff can be a strong leader without prior police experience

Posted 29 October 2015 at 12:00 am


I’d like to say one last thing on the race for Orleans County Sheriff. There has been much said, over and over and over again, about the fact that Randy Bower has not spent any time behind a badge.

If you think it is all that is needed to become the Orleans County Sheriff, maybe people should know a few things about some former sheriffs. First of all, our former Sheriff David Green was not an officer and spent no time behind a badge or in the Sheriff’s Department whatsoever prior to being elected.

Secondly, our neighboring county, Monroe, had a sheriff (Andrew Meloni) that served over two decades as probably the most successful elected official in Monroe County (a quote from the Democrat & Chronicle). He started at the Sheriff’s Department as a part-time clerk.

So, just because you have a badge doesn’t mean you’re automatically qualified or entitled to the job. Just a little food for thought.

I support Randy Bower for sheriff whole-heartedly and will be proud to call him our next sheriff.

Margo Passarell