John M. York, Sheriff
Education/Training: Sheriff York attended Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and numerous police management, investigation and corrections schools.
Career: John York joined the Sheriff’s Office in January of 1969, after an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, serving with the Big Red 1. In the Sheriff’s Office, he was first assigned to the Corrections and Communications Division. After perfecting those skills, he was transferred to the Road Patrol Division, and a short time later was promoted to Sergeant and then to Investigator. In 1983, York was promoted to the rank of Major in charge of Operations of the Criminal Investigations Division, Juvenile Aid and the Identification Division. He was elected Sheriff in the fall of 1989.
Honors and Achievements: A true pioneer in the war against drugs, York was instrumental in establishing drug awareness programs as early as 1972, long before many agencies were aware of the seriousness of the drug problem. He is past President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and currently serves as Chairman of the Association’s Executive Committee.
Sheriff’s Office: Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was the first Sheriff’s Office in the State of New York to have gained accreditation for every division of the agency.
County Seat: Geneseo, NY
Area: 638 square miles