At this time next year, Yates County will have a new sheriff for the first time since 1992. Ron Spike announced Friday he will be retiring at the end of his current term.
“As I enter the twilight of my career presently in my eighth four-year term, I will not be seeking reelection as Sheriff and will retire at the end of this term December 31, 2023. I am currently the senior Sheriff in New York State.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Yates County as their Sheriff. I have been a law enforcement officer with the Sheriff’s Office for fifty-two years now, with thirty-one years as the elected Sheriff. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had for public service, and to lead an agency where the well-trained good men and women that work there past and present, 24X7 have been my best assets for providing public safety services. It has been a pleasure to work alongside such a talented team in the sheriff’s office, and in county government.
“I am proud that our office has achieved and maintained professional accreditation status in five areas that include county police services, county jail operations, county 9-1-1 dispatch, court security, and the civil division.
“I have strived to be dedicated to public safety through leadership, accountability, staff training, and valued community partnerships in service to our county residents and visitors.”
According to his biography posted on the county’s website, Sheriff Spike grew up living in the Sheriff’s residence, attached to the old 1904 county jail as his father George was also Sheriff from 1958 to 1981. Upon graduation from Monroe Community College in 1970 he was hired as a deputy sheriff and did road and marine patrol and was the first agency youth officer. In 1973, he was promoted to Criminal investigator. In 1982 he was promoted to Chief Deputy Sheriff from a civil service exam by Sheriff Scofield where he supervised the law enforcement bureau and CID until elected Sheriff where his term began on January 1, 1992.