The Ontario County Republican Party last night endorsed Silvio Palermo in this year’s race for Ontario County Sheriff. The endorsement came at a full meeting of the Committee tonight at the Inn on the Lake following presentations by both candidates who sought the Party’s backing.
“It’s an honor to have earned the support of the principled members of the Ontario County Republican Committee,” said Palermo. “During my 20-year career in law enforcement and six years on the Victor Town Board, I’ve always strived to do the right thing, and serve and protect the taxpayers of our area. I will continue this commitment if elected as Sheriff.”
Palermo has worked on the front lines of law enforcement for the past 20 years – currently as Sergeant with Supervisor and Commanding Officer responsibilities at the Gates Police Department, and previously at the Canandaigua Police Department, Penn Yan Police Department and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.
Since joining the Gates Police Department in 2002, he has risen through the ranks from Officer to Criminal Investigator to Sergeant. Working in a department that borders one of Rochester’s highest crime districts, he has gained valuable experience in every facet of law enforcement and criminal investigations.
Aside from extensive law enforcement experience, Palermo was elected twice to serve on twice as a Member of the Victor Town Board and served for four years as Deputy Town Supervisor.
Palermo, 42, lives in Victor with his wife, Colleen, and their two young children. A lifelong Republican, he has also earned the endorsement of the Ontario County Conservative Party.
This year’s election for Sheriff is the first contested race for the seat in many years with the impending retirement of incumbent Sheriff Phil Povero. Primary Election Day is set for Thursday, September 13^th while the General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6^th .