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Another candidate for Ontario County Sheriff has joined the race

Silvio Palermo, who ran unsuccessfully against former Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson in 2018, announced on Monday, January 31 that he is running for sheriff again.

Palermo is a former Victor town councilman and deputy supervisor, according to the Daily Messenger. He retired from the Gates Police Department roughly a year ago to take a law enforcement job with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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“I think it’s time for new leadership and a fresh approach and to bring objective leadership free from personal bias,” said Palermo. “I really think that’s what’s needed to effect positive change and create a positive work environment that the men and women who serve us deserve.”

Henderson and former Undersheriff Davis Frasca resigned in September 2021. A committee formed by the county Board of Supervisors has issued subpoenas in relation to an investigation into the Sheriff’s Office after receiving anonymous complaints. The board hired an independent human resources firm to investigate, but their report has not been made public yet.

Former Sheriff Philip Povero is serving at interim sheriff until the end of 2022.

Lt. David Cirencione of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office announced his candidacy in January 2022. Cirencione and Palermo are both running on the Republican ticket. A Democratic primary has not been announced.

The primary will be held on June 28. 2022.