MOUTOUR FALLS, NY (WETM) – Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2021 and will retire at the end of the year.
Sheriff Yessman has served in the Sheriff’s Office for 36 years and has served as Sheriff for 16 years.
“I decided to go spend some time with my family, they’re the ones that have sacrificed everything over the last 36 years you know, special events weddings, birthdays, you know, just, I couldn’t be there,” said Sheriff Yessman. “So it’s time you know, spend some time with my grandchildren, and watch them grow up now and just take it easy.”
In addition to his retirement, Sheriff Yessman endorsed Undersheriff Breck Spaulding, who has served with the Sheriff’s Office for 27 years.
“It’s overwhelming, it’s new ground for me,” said Undersheriff Spaulding. “I was appointed for the sheriff and been with him as his undersheriff for this my 16th years under sheriff. So I am one of the longest tenured under sheriffs in the state. It’s exciting scary at times but I’ll get through it.”
Joining Sheriff Yessman at Monday’s press conference was former Schuyler County Sheriff Mike Maloney and sheriffs from the surrounding counties, including Bill Schrom of Chemung County, Jim Allard of Steuben County, and Gary Howard of Tioga County, New York.