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Cirencione announces undersheriff pick as campaign for Ontario County Sheriff continues

Republican candidate for Ontario County Sheriff David Cirencione says that, if elected, he will select Sgt. Mike Rago to serve as Undersheriff. Rago is an 18-year law enforcement veteran who currently serves as Road Patrol Seargent at the Sheriff’s Office.

Cirencione is a 20 year law enforcement veteran and the current Lieutenant at the Sheriff’s Office. He launched his campaign earlier this month, citing a need for stable leadership at the Sheriff’s Office in the face of ongoing COVID recovery efforts, significant legislative changes like Bail Reform, and recent controversies surrounding the former Sheriff.

“Mike Rago has the qualifications and experience we need to help get the Sheriff’s Office headed back in the right direction,” said Cirencione. “We’ve worked side by side on some of the toughest criminal cases that Ontario County has seen. In every instance, Mike has shown himself to be honest, ethical and hardworking.”

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Rago has served with the Sheriff’s Office for 12 years and was promoted from Deputy to Seargent in 2017. In his current role, he supervises Road Patrol shifts, manages a fleet of more than 120 vehicles, manages intake and preservation of evidence for the Crime Scene Unit, supervises members of Crash Reconstruction, the Marine & Recreational Unit, Evidence Technicians and Drone Pilots, is a member of the Ontario County Safety Council, and acts as Liaison to the Fire Police, Fire Chiefs and Highway Departments. He started his career in law enforcement as a Penn Yan Police Officer and New York State Park Ranger.

Beyond his law enforcement experience, Rago is active in our community as a youth hockey and lacrosse coach, and member of the American Legion and a committee member with the Finger Lakes Ducks Unlimited. He also has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Stanley Fire Department.

“I’m honored that David has selected me to run alongside him as his running mate,” said Rago. “He is one of the most honest and ethical people I’ve ever met, and I fully believe in his vision for the future of the Sheriff’s Office. It would be the honor of a lifetime to help lead the Sheriff’s Office here in the community we love and are proud to call home.”


Rago, 38, was born and raised in the Genevaand lives in Geneva with his wife, Tara, a Vice President at Lyons National Bank. They have two young children.

Cirencione first joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a Deputy. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and then to Lieutenant in 2016. He has served as Commanding Officer of the Road Patrol, Crime Scene Unit, Underwater Search & Recovery Team, Field Training Officer Program and Eastview Mall Patrol. He has also helped train our next generation as an Instructor at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy and has served as a volunteer firefighter for 28 years.

Cirencione, 46, is a graduate of Geneva High School and SUNY Oswego. He lives in Geneva with his wife of 20 years, Sue, who owns and operates the Ovid Big M supermarket. The couple has three children.



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