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News Release: Livingston Co. Sheriff's Office

Livingston County Sheriff John M. York was doubly honored this week at the 79thAnnual Winter Training Conference of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.
 
Yesterday, Sheriff York received the Sheriff Grover Cleveland Award, the Association’s most prestigious award, which is given to a sheriff who has been uncompromising in his commitment to and fulfillment of the office of sheriff. This is only the second time the award has been given. Grover Cleveland served as sheriff of Erie County New York and as governor of New York State, before serving two terms as president of the United States.

Photo (l to r): New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy and Livingston County Sheriff John M. York as York is sworn in to serve his 14th term as chairman of the Executive Committee of the New York State Sheriffs' Association at the 79thAnnual Winter Training Conference of the Association.

 “What Allen Nevins, the biographer of Grover Cleveland, said about Cleveland can without hesitation be said of Sheriff York. ‘He possessed honesty, courage, firmness, independence, and great common sense,’ “ said Yates County Sheriff and New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute President Ron Spike, as he presented the award. “Through hard work, discipline and a refusal to accept anything but the absolute best, Sheriff York has built and maintained one of the finest sheriff’s offices in the United States,” Sheriff Spike continued.  
 
Sheriff York was also unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve a 14th term as chairman of the Executive Committee of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy swore in York. In his role as chairman, and as a former president of the Association, Sheriff York has worked to strengthen the office of sheriff. He is an advocate for accreditation of every discipline within a sheriff’s office. Under his leadership, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was the first in the State to gain accreditation for every division.
 
Sheriff York has been a member of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 44 years and has served as sheriff for 24 years. A true pioneer in the war against drugs, York was instrumental in establishing drug awareness programs as early as 1972.  
 
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of sheriffs’ services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New York State 

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