The Onondaga County Sheriff position is up for grabs for the first time since 1994. Longtime Sheriff Kevin Walsh is stepping down after twenty years. DeWitt Police Chief and Republican candidate Gene Conway will run against Democrat and veteran of the Onondaga Sheriff's office Toby Shelley. The department has recently dealt with a number of issues including over-time costs and allegations of officers filling out false time sheets. First-time candidate Conway is not happy with the negative image the local police and Sheriff's office has developed over the past few years.
For the first time in years, the 4,739 enrolled members of Onondaga County’s Conservative Party will have a primary election. Committee members have endorsed Democratic candidate for sheriff Toby Shelley to run on the Conservative Party line. Party Chair Chuck Mancabelli says both Shelley and Republican Party candidate Gene Conway were vetted through resumes and interviews, and Shelley came out on top.
Shelley might be the Conservative Party’s endorsed candidate, but petitions submitted in the race have opened the ballot for a write-in.
John Balloni confirmed Monday what many already suspected…that he’s running for Onondaga County Sheriff. He’s been raising money for months, and retiring Sheriff Kevin Walsh has publicly supported Balloni as his successor. He told a crowd of about 50 supporters yesterday that in an age of tight budgets and sparse manpower, he wants more partnerships with local police agencies to boost community policing. But he stopped short of a full endorsement of consolidation.