People who live in Tompkins County could vote as soon as this November whether or not they want an elected sheriff, with police powers.
A Special Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature is performing a once-in-a-decade review of the County Charter.
That committee recommended adoption of a new Local Law that would remove law enforcement responsibilities from the elected office of County Sheriff.
The plan would be to transfer those powers to an appointed leadership position under a new county Department of Police.
The current sheriff would finish his term through 2018.
After that, the elected sheriff’s job would be to handle court documents and run the jail.
A new Commissioner of Police would lead a Tompkins County Department of Police and be appointed along with other government department heads.
The full legislature considers the idea at its next meeting.