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Sheriff Cary says it's time to step down

After his official announcement Tuesday Aug. 25 to retire from his post at the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Ronald I. Cary sat down with the Madison County Eagle a day later to talk about the journey.

"With the last few terms I tried to think of when I would eventually retire," Sheriff Cary said. "The way it was going, I probably wouldn't have made a decision."

Sheriff Cary, 55, has lived in and around Madison County his whole life and has "been honored to serve the county" for 32 years, 18 years as sheriff. He grew up in Canastota and graduated from Canastota High School. Cary attended both Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY-Buffalo. He graduated college in June of 1976 and began working for the sheriff's department in May of 1977. He also obtained his master's degree in public administration from Marist College while working with the sheriff's department.

Cary still lives in the same neighborhood he grew up in and plans to stay there as he looks forward to continuing teaching criminal justice at Cazenovia College and SUNY-Morrisville.

Although he looks forward to retiring and spending more time with family, Sheriff Cary said he will miss the great staff he has worked with for so many years.

"It's been wonderful to have the community re-elect me for so many terms," he said.

Sheriff Cary was openly affiliated and endorsed by the republican and conservative parties, but he felt a union with the whole community because he was unopposed for the last four elections.

A few people have come forward in hopes to run for the sheriff's position, but Undersheriff Doug Bailey will take over during the gap between the Nov. 3 election and Cary's last day on Sept. 18 if Governor Dave Paterson doesn't appoint someone else.

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