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Supervisors consider waiving residency requirement for deputies amid recruitment challenges

The Seneca County residency requirement debate is back on the table.

The Board of Supervisors will consider waiving the residency requirement for the sheriff’s office, as well as the clerk to the board. Why? Staffing those positions has proven challenge, and the board would like to move forward with a clerk who lives in Geneva.

Getting personnel to move to Seneca County to accept a job has been a challenge for years. It’s come up during debate of the county manager’s position, as well as others.


“Finding competent and qualified persons to fill positions as deputies for the Sheriff’s Department has become a serious concern to provide for the safety and protection of the Seneca County community,” a resolution reads, pointing to the challenges Seneca County has recruiting deputies. “A waiver of the county residency requirement for the Sheriff ’s Department deputies would substantially increase the recruitment opportunities to provide viable candidates for these positions within the Sheriff’s Department which are otherwise restricted to residents of Seneca County.”

The local law would allow residents who live in counties touching Seneca to apply and be accepted for those positions. These counties include Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates.



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