12 NOON UPDATE
He told the County Board first and then 17 minutes later a news release went out. Geneva native Phil Povero notified people formally last night about a decision he had been mulling over for a few months now. He will not seek reelection next fall and will retire on December 31st, 2018. In an interview with Finger Lakes News Radio Povero said they timing is right. This allows plenty of time to make sure he is leaving the office in good shape and gives candidates for the job lots of lead time.
He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a corrections officer and then moved up the ladder, He was first elected Sheriff in 1990.
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero will not seek reelection in 2018.
Povero announced last night he will retire on December 31st, 2018.
Povero is the longest-serving sheriff in Ontario County’s history. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1972 and was first elected sheriff in 1990.
The sheriff issued the following statement at last night’s Board of Supervisors meeting:
Sheriff Povero’s Statement to the Ontario County Board of Supervisors November 16, 2017 6:30 p.m.
My career began with Ontario County and the Office of Sheriff in January 1972. I was elected Sheriff in November 1990. I will not seek re-election next year and will retire at the end of this term on December 31,2018.
I want to thank my wife, Cyndie, my children, family, friends, and the members of the Ontario County Office of Sheriff for their support during my career.
My sincere thanks are also extended to this Board of Supervisors and all the past Boards I have had the pleasure of working with. I look forward to the continued support of public safety from the Board and County government during this time of transition for the Office of Sheriff.