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Former Chautauqua County sheriff to be security chief at Chautauqua Institution

Joseph Gerace, the Chautauqua County sheriff for 23 years until 2018, has been named director of campus safety at the Chautauqua Institution.

Gerace will be "responsible for enacting recommendations from the Institution's recently established security master plan, and will take command of the Institution's police department upon the planned retirement of longtime chief Alan Akin in the fall of 2019," Chautauqua Institution officials said Thursday.

Gerace "played a foundational role in forming and maintaining the Sheriff's Office's close partnership with Chautauqua Institution, where campus police personnel are officers who hold appointments as special deputy sheriffs," according to the institute's release.

Gerace began his career in law enforcement as an employee of the institution in the late 1970s. A Democrat, he lost his bid for re-election last year to Republican James Quattrone.

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