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Smith will retire as undersheriff in Cayuga County, Peenstra to leave SFPD for the job

Undersheriff Steve Smith is retiring, but a familiar face in local law enforcement will be assuming his vacated role.

Sheriff Brian Schenck, who leads the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the news in a press release on Thursday.

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Smith has served the sheriff’s office for 25 years in an array of roles. He became undersheriff in 2019.

Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra, a Cayuga County resident, will assume the role of undersheriff in January.


“He is a proven leader who leads by example,” Sheriff Schenck said in a release. “I have worked closely with Chief Peenstra for many years and have developed a great deal of respect for his abilities as a law enforcement officer and administrator.”