Sheriff Ronald Spike seeks another term

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike has announced his intention to seek re-election  in November.

“It has been an honor and my privilege to serve the people of Yates County as their Sheriff,” said Spike Friday morning in a prepared statement. Spike has been a career law enforcement officer with the Sheriff’s Office for 40 years. “My devotion to duty is sound, and I am grateful for the opportunity I have had for public service and desire to continue leadership of an agency where the good men and women that work there 24X7 are my best assets,” he added.

Spike, 61, is a lifelong resident of Yates County and a graduate of Penn Yan Academy, Monroe Community College, the FBI National Academy, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Law Enforcement Management, and the National Sheriffs’ Institute, as well as many other training schools. Spike is the only Sheriff in New York State to have graduated from the Pelletier Institute on County Government with Cornell University. Sheriff Spike began his law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff in 1971 and held promotion positions of criminal investigator, and chief deputy before first being elected Sheriff in 1991. He is currently in his fifth term.

Spike, who has served on several boards, has been recognized throughout his career, including being awarded New York State Deputy Sheriff of the year in 1981 for his role in saving a man’s life from a burning building. He is past-president of New York State Sheriffs’ Association, and currently serves as Board Chairman of the Sheriff’s Institute that oversees officer’s training, the summer camp for disadvantaged youth, college scholarships, and the crime victims program. He has been appointed since 1997 by three different Governors as a member of the New York State Municipal Police Training Council, where the training requirements for all police and peace officers in the state are approved.  

“My desire to serve the people is as strong as ever, as our office has achieved professional accreditation status in almost all areas,” said Spike, “The administration of the Sheriff’s Office with its comprehensive mission in these fiscal times has its challenges, so efficiencies and goals must be constantly reviewed while being mindful of the public’s and officers’ safety. I believe my experience and progressive leadership in seeking new and innovative public safety programs, partnerships, and grants are important for Yates County,” he concluded.

Spike lives near Penn Yan with his wife, Sue. They have three children and five grandchildren.