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Republican Gene Conway wins Onondaga County sheriff race

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Gene Conway at the Onondaga County Republican election night party

For the first time in 20 years, Onondaga County has a new sheriff in town.  Republican Gene Conway beat Democrat challenger Toby Shelley on Election Day, pulling in 53 percent of the vote.  He says he has ideas about new initiatives in the department.

“Obviously I have in my mind things that I think could work better. Some of those are based on my career as police chief in the town of Dewitt.  I’ll be certainly looking for suggestions from the rank and file,” said Conway.

Conway takes over a department that been in the news in recent years because of excessive overtime costs, and inmate deaths at the Justice Center.

Conway succeeds Sheriff Kevin Walsh, who’s retiring at the end of the year.