Santulli: "No Void in Operation or Supervision" of Sheriff's Office While Moss Campaigns

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-18) – With Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss on the statewide ballot for Lieutenant Governor this November, and a lot of campaigning to do between now and then, WETM 18 News went and asked a question on a lot of people’s minds: who’s running the Sheriff’s Department?

Despite campaigning with Rob Astorino, Moss says that public safety in Chemung County remains his number one priority.

While the Sheriff is away, Undersheriff Bill Schrom will head the department. Should Moss win, Rob Astorino would appoint a sheriff who would take over until the next general election, which would be in November 2015.

Moss and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli say there won’t be any gap in coverage as Moss campaigns. “The one thing you can guarantee is there's going to be no void in operation or supervision of the department,” said Santulli. “There's an Undersheriff who will fill that gap until an election is held, and then at that time anybody can run.”

“Obviously, I have an Undersheriff who's more than qualified to step in in my absence with e-mails and so forth, we'll make sure that the job's getting done here in Chemung County,” said Moss.

If the Astorino-Moss ticket does not win in November, Moss would remain the County Sheriff for the rest of his term, which is due to end in 2017. A new sheriff would begin a new four year term.

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