Dave Green was accomplished leader before being elected sheriff

Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am


During this 2015 race for sheriff, much has been said about our father Dave Green, former sheriff of Orleans County, and his having no experience in police work prior to running for sheriff in 1978. Knowing how hard our father worked to achieve the credentials to run for sheriff, we feel compelled to set the record straight.

From 1966 to 1972, Dad was the fire chief for the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Department. In 1970 he was appointed Orleans County Emergency Manager and in 1972 was given the additional duties of Orleans County Fire Coordinator. Dad ran this department and oversaw its budget until 1978. In that capacity, he attained the following experience:

Attended the NYS Fire Academy for arson investigation
Attended several arson courses at Niagara County Community College
Over a two -year period, spent two to three days a week working with the City of Rochester arson squad
Worked closely with various police departments on arson investigations
Testified as an expert witness on arson cases
Was in charge of 40 to 50 auxiliary police officers
As Orleans County Fire Coordinator, worked alongside 1600 volunteer firefighters
After the Blizzard of ’77, one of the most devastating natural disasters in Orleans County history, Dad received much-deserved praise for his handling of crisis situations

When Dave Green ran for sheriff, although he was not a police officer, he was an accomplished and experienced administrator, as well as an arson investigator.

We are very proud of our father. To say he had no experience is just not true. Dave Green had experience, and we believe experience matters.


Jeff and Bronwyn Green
Lisa (Green) Russo
Scott and Meaghan Green