Randy Bower appointed to fill vacancy on Murray Town Board

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 May 2020 at 6:39 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Randy Bower, the retired Orleans County sheriff, speaks at an event in July 2016.

MURRAY – Randy Bower has returned as a local public official.

Bower retired on Dec. 31 as the Orleans County sheriff. On April 20 he was appointed to the Murray Town Board. Bower will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Neil Valentine.

Bower will serve in the role the rest of 2020. The position will be back on the ballot in November for the remaining three years of the term.

Bower will serve on a Town Board where his late brother Ed was a councilman for 20 years. Ed Bower passed away at age 57 on May 27, 2018.

Their father George Bower also was a Murray town justice for 21 years before he joined the Orleans County Legislature and was on that board for 24 years. George Bower retired as legislator on Dec. 31, 2013.

Town Supervisor Joe Sidonio said Randy Bower’s appointment was unanimous by the board.

“He brings a whole new dimension to our board,” Sidonio said. “Genuine energy, passion and curiosity… just what our community needs to face the tough challenges ahead.”

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