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Two veteran lawmen seek GOP nomination for Genesee County sheriff

BATAVIA – Two members of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office have announced that they are running for sheriff this year.

Undersheriff William A. Sheron Jr., 57, of Batavia, and Deputy Christopher A. Parker, 47, of Oakfield, will be seeking the Republican Party endorsement for sheriff March 3.

In January, Sheriff Gary T. Maha said that he will retire after 28 years.

Sheron, who is being supported by Maha, has been with the agency for 38 years, the past 20 as undersheriff. He began as a dispatcher and rose through the ranks to jail deputy, road patrol deputy, sergeant, investigator and chief road patrol deputy.

“Our philosophy has been – and will continue to be if I am elected sheriff – one of hiring good people, giving them the best training and equipment, and holding them accountable to ensure that we are providing the best service to the community,” Sheron said.

Sheron has participated in numerous continuing education programs, including the state Commission of Corrections Training Academy, Erie County Central Police Services’ Basic Police Officer Training Academy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Interdiction Course. He also completed two FBI academy programs.

A department Officer of the Year for 1982 and winner of seven commendations and meritorious service awards, he was instrumental in the formation of the Genesee Local Drug Task Force.

He has held several positions, including president, of the FBI National Academy Associates New York State/Eastern Canada chapter, and is active on the Genesee County Traffic Safety Board, Stop DWI Advisory Board and Batavia Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Shari, are parents to a blended family of five children and six grandchildren.

Parker joined the agency in 1997 and is assigned to road patrol and as a field training officer for new deputies and recruits.

A graduate of Elba Central School, Genesee Community College and the Erie County Central Police Services Training Academy, Parker has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office honor guard since its inception and has earned numerous commendations, distinguished service and meritorious service awards throughout his career.

Recently, he completed training in Albany to become one of only 200 statewide drug recognition experts.

He also has trained school administrators to deal with drugs, and is involved with the Safe School Initiative to combat underage drinking and drug use.

“As sheriff, I hope to bring loyalty, honesty and integrity to the position and make this county we live in as safe as can be,” Parker said. “As a lifelong resident in the county, I plan to be here with my family and work with the residents here to make all of our families safer.”

Parker and his wife, Sue, have one child.