Lifelong Madison County resident Al Riley, a farmer and 27-year veteran of the New York State Police, announced Sept. 24 his official candidacy to become the next Madison County Sheriff.
Retired NYS Trooper Riley, longtime resident of the town of Lebanon, where he owns a working farm, brings a professional, fresh and practical approach to lead the sheriff's department with his experience in road patrols, K-9 handling, investigation and management of criminal cases from uniformed Troopers.
Riley's working knowledge of the area and his relationship with area residents, townships, police departments, fire districts and highway departments are cornerstones of his service to the community.
"I want to inspire and create a fresh beginning based on professionalism, integrity and accountability for the Sheriff's Department where every Madison County resident knows his or her local deputy--like it used to be when I started in law enforcement," Riley said.
This commitment to front line public service stems from his work in many areas of law enforcement from the Sarah Ann Wood investigation, prison escapes, gaming fraud, providing security for the President of the United States, administration, training fellow officers, to teaching children about the work of his K-9 partner, Burnie.
His hard work has garnered many service citations from the New York State Police. In 1996, he received the prestigious award of American Legion Officer of the Year.
Riley's experience, integrity and ability to work with people are qualities in which he thinks will make him an ideal candidate for sheriff of Madison County.