Sheriff Ronald I. Cary will retire from his 32-year career serving the Madison County area Sept. 18. Sheriff Cary is the longest serving sheriff in Madison County history.
He said he has enjoyed his many years in his position and has always shown his dedication to the citizens of Madison County.
Sheriff Cary began his career as a deputy sheriff May 12, 1977. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1987. He was elected to the sheriff's position a few years later as he took office Jan. 1, 1991.
Under the command of Sheriff Cary, the sheriff's office has expanded with the criminal division implementing a 24-hour patrol. The Corrections Division became accredited and many other projects and programs have been added as well.
Sheriff Cary said he intends to enjoy the things in life that he has not been able to do while in office. He wants to spend more time with family, especially his grandchildren. He also wants to concentrate on his part time teaching position at SUNY-Morrisville and Cazenovia College.
"It has been an honor serving as sheriff of Madison County," Cary said. "I have enjoyed my career in law enforcement and serving the citizens of Madison County. I would like to thank my staff for their dedication and professionalism."
Cary also said it was a pleasure serving with Undersheriff Doug Bailey, who he said has been asset to the county.