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Genesee County sheriff receives top state award

BATAVIA – The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute has bestowed its highest honor on retiring Genesee County Sheriff Gary T. Maha.

Maha received the organization’s Sheriff Grover Cleveland Award for his contributions to public safety on the local, state and national levels. He has worked for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for 49 years, the last 28 as sheriff.

He is just the fifth sheriff in New York to earn the award.

In January, Maha announced that he will retire at the end of the year. He is the longest tenured sheriff in the state, having been elected to seven four-year terms, running unopposed each time.

Locally, Maha has been instrumental in the implementation of the state-of-the-art Enhanced 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center and the joint drug task force with the City of Batavia and Village of Le Roy police departments.

He is a past president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and currently serves as chairman of that organization’s Executive Committee. On the national level, Maha serves as vice chair of the National Sheriffs’ Criminal Justice Information/Technology Committee and is a member of the organization’s Homeland Security Committee.