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Ontario supervisors will vote on residency rule change for sheriff’s deputies next week

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors is poised to vote on December 21 on a new local law that would permit some members of the sheriff’s office to reside outside of the county.

This proposal, initially suggested in 2022 by Sheriff David Cirencione and Undersheriff John Falbo, aims to address staffing shortages in the deputy ranks.


The idea follows similar policies adopted in neighboring counties such as Monroe, Yates, and Steuben.

Cirencione has proposed a limitation whereby up to 20% of officers could live in a neighboring county, ensuring a balance between staffing flexibility and maintaining a substantial local presence for public safety.