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Change Possible For Tompkins County Sheriff

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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.

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