Longtime Cortland County Sheriff Lee Price has announced he will not seek a fourth term in office setting the stage for a potential race for that office.
In an email to the newsroom Price announced that he will not run for reelection in November.
In the message Price thanked his supporters and said he could not express in words how much it has meant to serve Cortland County as Sheriff.
Price has been with the department for 47 years, first as a deputy then as a sergeant. Price was later promoted to a lieutenant under former sheriff Dee Whitman before serving as Whitman’s Under-Sheriff in 1987. In 2000, Price ran for Sheriff and has been in the position for the past 14 years.
The newsroom spoke to current Under-Sheriff Herb Barnhart who said he was still digesting the announcement and was sorry to see Price leave. Barnhart said he could not think of a more dedicated public servant.
Barnhart did say with the announcement he is considering a run for the office himself and would make a final decision next week. Barnhart is a republican.
Cortland County Democratic Party Vice Chair Dick Bushnell said there may be a democratic candidate interested in running for the office and expected a decision soon.
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