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Ontario supervisors approve residency exception for sheriff’s office staff

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a local law allowing certain members of the sheriff’s office to reside outside the county.

This decision, effective in 2024, aims to address recruitment and retention challenges within the law enforcement ranks.


Victor Supervisor Jack Marren, a former board chairman, highlighted the increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining employees, noting that neighboring counties like Monroe, Yates, and Steuben have adopted similar policies.

The new legislation permits up to 20% of the sheriff’s office personnel, including approximately 10 deputies, two criminal investigators, a couple of sergeants, and one lieutenant, to live in neighboring counties.

Sheriff David Cirencione, who proposed the idea along with Chief Deputy John Falbo, emphasized the need to stay competitive in a changing environment, citing that municipal police officers are not subjected to county residency requirements.