Come 2019 there’s going to be a new sheriff in town.
An emotional Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould ended weeks of speculation on Monday morning, telling Finger Lakes News Radio the difficult decision came after a weekend of discussion with his wife and daughter. While he will unpin the badge, he won’t be riding off into the sunset.
He says he will be supporting Detective Lt. Brian Schenck if he goes through with his plan to run for Sheriff.
Both the Sheriff and Det. Lt. Schenck are actively involved in many organizations in Cayuga County.
Sheriff Gould also released this statement:
After much discussion, consideration and thought together with my family, I have made my decision to not seek a fourth term as Cayuga County Sheriff. With this decision, I will be ending my almost fifty-year career as a police officer which will come to an end at midnight, December 31, 2018. I have been so honored to be able to have served my country in the United States Army, my state as a member of the New York State Police, to serve my county as the elected Cayuga County Sheriff and to be able to serve the citizens of this great community. I have always said that I was born in Cayuga County, lived my whole life here and will spend the rest of my life in this beautiful community. I want to thank my Undersheriff Jim Stowell and Jail Administrator Jim Taber, the women and men of our great Sheriff’s Department who give of themselves every day of the year. This includes our Correction Officers, Civil Department, Road Patrol Members, City Courthouse Security Members, County Office Building Security Members, our Marine Patrol Members and all our civilian support staff. I also want to thank the friendship and support of all the Members of the Auburn, Moravia, Port Byron, Weedsport Police Departments, New York State Police, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police and all our friends in all of the Federal branches, including the FBI, the Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. I want to thank District Attorney Jon Budelmann and his entire staff for their support of all my staff. I want to thank all our first responders including all our paid and volunteer Fire Department Members and the State Sheriffs’ Association in Albany. I also want to thank our elected officials for their support and assistance. This includes all our County Legislators, County Treasurer Jim Orman, County Clerk Sue Dwyer and County Coroner Adam Duckett.
In closing, it has meant so very much to my family and myself to be able to serve all my friends and all the great citizens of our beautiful county. When I campaigned for the Sheriff’s Office I used a slogan that I would like to close with: “Respect should never be demanded. Respect should always be earned.”
Cayuga County Sheriff