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Steuben County challenges court ruling in sheriff’s legal battle

In the ongoing legal dispute between Steuben County Sheriff James Allard and the County Legislature, county attorneys have filed an appeal against a court decision allowing the sheriff’s lawyers to depose a legislator. This development stems from a conflict that began last fall, when the legislature sought to revoke Sheriff Allard’s legal indemnification and stop funding his liability insurance, potentially leaving taxpayers liable for legal damages.


Steuben County officials emphasized the county’s responsibility to protect its residents from bearing the cost of lawsuits against the Sheriff. The appeal aims to safeguard county residents’ interests.

Sheriff Allard criticized the county’s decision to prolong the legal proceedings, noting the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer money. However, he reassured residents that the Sheriff’s Office remains committed to its public safety mission. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has also joined the case, supporting Sheriff Allard in this legal dispute.