Skip to content
Home » News » New York State Sheriff’s Week honors those who keep the peace

New York State Sheriff’s Week honors those who keep the peace

  • / Updated:
  • Ted Baker 

The week of September 18-24 is Sheriff’s Week across New York.

Yates County Sheriff’s Department has been serving since 1823

It’s a week set aside to honor the state’s 58 sheriffs and their departments for the work they do in keeping the peace. Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn says the Yates County Sheriff’s Department has been on the job for over 200 years. She says not everyone knows all the things Sheriff Ron Spike and his department do.

James P. Robinson of Middlesex was elected as the first Sheriff on April 8, 1823, and was sworn into office on April 23.


“WHEREAS, the Office of Sheriff has been an integral part of the criminal justice system in New York State and in Yates County 199 years since 1823, and the office was established in the State’s first Constitution in 1777 and continued in every succeeding Constitution, and having been one of our original Constitutional offices upon the founding of our County;

and WHEREAS, despite changes in its function, status, and powers during its long history, the Office of Sheriff has maintained a continuous existence, preserved its distinguishing heritage, and continued to be an essential component of our criminal justice community;

and WHEREAS, the Office of Sheriff has evolved into a modern, professional, full-service law enforcement agency, manned by fully trained police and peace officers, using state-of-the-art technology and applying the latest and most advanced theories and practices in the criminal justice field and public safety;

and WHEREAS, the Office of Sheriff is unique in the community, and the duties of the Office go far beyond the traditional role of “Conservator of the Peace” via a county police force and extend into many facets of public service, including maintaining the county jail, providing security in our courts, dispatching 9-1-1 emergency services, public safety communications, animal control, administration of Coroners, and serving and executing civil process for our courts;

and WHEREAS, it is fitting to celebrate the historical contributions of the Office of Sheriff and the significant role that the Sheriffs play in our modern criminal justice system;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Yates County Legislature do recognize the important public safety services provided to the citizens of this County by Sheriff Spike, and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, and do hereby proclaim September 18 to 24, 2022 to be Sheriffs’ Week in Yates County;

and further RESOLVED, that a copy be provided the Sheriff and the Presidents of the three labor units for the office’s employees.”

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn below.

Related: Sheriff: Road signs being stolen in Yates County