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.
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?
Retired Onondaga County Sheriff's Supervisor Toby Shelley wants to be the first new face in the job in 20 years. He made the announcement Monday that he'll run for Sheriff in 2014, after an unsuccessful bid in 2010. That's when Kevin Walsh won his 5th term in the post. Walsh previously said he'll make a decision on running for reelection in January or February.