Canastota police chief to run for county sheriff

The Madison County Republican Committee Chairwoman Th (c)rse Wiley Dancks announced the nomination of Canastota Police Chief Jim Zophy for Madison County Sheriff. The nomination took place at the committee's meeting held Sept. 24 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota.

Zophy, a lifelong Madison County resident, received the committee's overwhelming support to run for the position. Zophy brings 20-plus years of experience in law enforcement to his candidacy. He has demonstrated success in public safety, investigations and efficiency best practices, according to Dancks.

His proven record includes law enforcement operations, budgetary and financial oversight, policy and team development and strong organizational skills. During his early career, he served in the U.S. Air Force on military police and patrol designations. In 1993, he became a member of the Canastota Police Department where he has served as chief of police since 2003.

"We are excited about Jim's candidacy and look forward to his successful election in November," Dancks said. "Zophy's hands-on experience as both a patrol officer and chief administrator of a police department make him a perfect choice."

Dancks said he is well-acquainted with all facets of law enforcement and management, he's dedicated to the welfare of our community and he is familiar with the policing needs of all of the towns and villages in Madison County.

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