Bower’s choice for undersheriff has knowledge, relationships in Orleans County

Posted 19 October 2015 at 12:00 am


After much pressure from the public, Tom Drennan has finally announced his would-be undersheriff. I am not surprised he chose Brett Sobieraski. I’ve met Brett a few times and he seems like a nice guy.

I certainly respect his service to the citizens in the city of Rochester. But therein lies the problem, all of his recent service has been in the city of Rochester.

Very few people would disagree with me that the city of Rochester is a very different animal than Orleans County. Orleans County has its own vibe. It’s people are down home, unpretentious, genuine folks – not city slickers. I want an undersheriff who understands the specific needs of the people of Orleans County.

The Republican candidate for sheriff, Randy Bower, has wisely chosen such an undersheriff, Chris Bourke. Chris has lived and worked in Orleans County his entire life. He understands the uniqueness of the county and its people. He has a rapport with the folks here.

He knows the child protective case workers, the ladies at the DMV, the guys and gals who work at the jail, the farmers and the people at our town and county highway departments and they know him. I want an undersheriff who has an established working relationship with them.

Both Brett and Chris have impressive law enforcement backgrounds but as a citizen of Orleans County I’m looking for someone who can relate to the particular needs of the county.

The Republican candidate for sheriff, Randy Bower, has said that he and his undersheriff, Chris Bourke, will work as a team to get the job done. That’s why I ask you to join me and vote for Randy Bower your sheriff on November 3rd.


Amy L. Jenks
Jenks is a deputy sheriff with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.