Onondaga County Sheriff

Election Results Rely on Supporters to Vote

Nov 4, 2014
wyomingmn.org / The City of Wyoming, Minnesota

The number of people that go to the polls today might have a bigger impact on the election’s outcome than in some other years. Close elections in the race for Congress, some state legislature posts, and even Onondaga County Sheriff might be decided by who did the best job of getting their supporters to actually vote in an election that typically has a lower turnout. Arthur Harris voted early today at Atonement Lutheran Church and would like to see voting really represent the people. 

A New Face Soon to Become Onondaga County's New Sheriff

Oct 28, 2014
conwayforsheriff.com

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.

Scott Willis / WAER News

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.

John Smith / WAER News

Another missing piece to the puzzle of who’s running for Onondaga County Sheriff this year became clearer today. Sheriff Kevin Walsh’s longstanding career for the county’s top law enforcement job has spanned 20 years and he was also on the force for another 20 years prior. Walsh threw a bit of a curveball when he first said that he wasn’t retiring and discussed his many teaching jobs in law enforcement that he intends to continue.  However, what about his current job?

Scott Willis / WAER News

DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway made it official Thursday and declared his candidacy for Onondaga County Sheriff.  About 60 supporters packed into Tony's Restaurant on Burnet Ave. for the announcement. 

His law enforcement career spans 37 years, the last 12 in DeWitt.  Conway is a Republican who started in North Syracuse, followed by 24 years in various roles in the sheriff’s department.