Sheriff’s Week is the last for Allegany County’s Rick Whitney

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney addresses the Board of Legislators in regard to Sheriff’s Week, occurring through Saturday, as Board Chair Philip Stockin, in background, looks on.

This week’s commemoration of Sheriff’s Week in Allegany County, NY, will be the last for incumbent Rick Whitney.

The sheriff made note of his pending retirement at the end of the year during a meeting of the county Board of Legislators last week when Board Chair Philip Stockin of Houghton announced a proclamation for the annual observance.

Whitney said he wanted to “take this opportunity to thank the people of Allegany County for putting their trust in me for the last 12 years, it has truly been an honor and privilege.”

It was noted that the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office NY was one of the county’s first constitutional offices, with Sheriff John Gibson undertaking the position in April 1807, 30 years after such office was provided for statewide in the New York State Constitution.

“Sheriffs played a vital role in the development of our nation during the colonial days and in its early history as a self-governing republic” Whitney told the board.

He said that despite its rich history, the modern office of sheriff “is an essential part of the law enforcement community,” noting that its “unique structure and status it carries in county government extends far beyond the traditional role of the ‘Keeper of the Peace’ into almost every facet of public service.”

In addition to providing traditional police services, the sheriff noted that it also is responsible for patrolling the county’s lakes and waterways, provide security for its courts, maintain the jail, execute and serve civil processes, and coordinate the dispatching of all emergency services in the county.