Livingston County Sheriff John York has made it official...he will not seek re-election this year. Speaking on WHAM 1180 Tuesday morning, York confirmed a report that after 44 years in law enforcement, more than 20 years as Sheriff, he will retire later this year.
York says that "age stops for no man, and I think we all know when it's time." He says he would also like to spend more time with his family.
York says a number of accomplishments of his department stand out during his career, including being one of the first counties to implement an enhanced 911 system. One of the crimes he always wishes he could have solved was the body of a teenaged girl found in a Caledonia field in 1979. Authorities were not able to find out her identity, and they are still looking for whoever shot her to death.
York says he will back his Undersheriff, James Szczesniak for the next election. Szczeniak announced his candidacy on Tuesday. Sheriff's Department Investigator Tom Dougherty announced last December that he wants to run for the post. All three men are Republicans.
During his interview on WHAM 1180 York became a little emotional when asked what he would miss the most. He said, " I think the people, the whole segment of being Sheriff, it's quite an honor....we all know when it's time."