Ronald G. Spike, Sheriff
Education/Training: A graduate of Monroe Community College, Sheriff Spike has attended numerous training courses, including the 144th session of the FBI National Academy, the National Sheriffs’ Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NYSSA, FLLEA, DCJS, and the Rural Executive Institute.
Career: Sheriff Ron Spike was hired as a deputy sheriff in Yates County in 1970. He did road and marine patrol and was the first agency youth officer. In 1973, he was promoted to Criminal Investigator. In 1982 Sheriff Scofield promoted him to Chief Deputy Sheriff. Sheriff Spike supervised the law enforcement bureau and CID until he was elected Sheriff in 1991.
Honors and Achievements: Sheriff Spike has been honored with several awards in his career and was the 1981 New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s Deputy Sheriff of the Year for saving a life in a house fire. A certified Police Instructor, he holds a Governors appointment as Chairman of the NYS Municipal Police Training Council, a post to which he has been continuously reappointed by the Governor since 1997. Sheriff Spike was President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association in 2000 and continues as a Life Member. He represents NYSSA on the Ethics/Training and Court Security Committees at the National Sheriffs’ Association. He is active in the Yates County community with several agencies and boards. He is a member of the United Methodist Church, a Shriner, and is Past President of the Penn Yan Lions Club where he was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Personal: Sheriff Spike grew up living in the Yates County Sheriff’s residence, attached to the old 1904 county jail. His father George served as Sheriff from 1958 to 1981. Sheriff Spike and Sue, his wife of 36 years, have three grown children.
County Seat: Penn Yan, NY
Area: 376 square miles