For Kevin Henderson, this New Year’s Eve will be unlike any other. At 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, notes Henderson, he will be Ontario County’s 55th sheriff.
It’s a job he takes seriously and with confidence, he explained during an interview Monday covering a range of issues he’ll face. From the opioid epidemic to public and school safety and staffing shortages, Henderson will have his hands full. A third-generation lawman with 34 years under his belt in most divisions in the county Sheriff’s Office, Henderson counts himself fortunate — with his experience, familiarity with the community and sheriff’s office, and all he has gained working under Sheriff Phil Povero, who is retiring.
“I know the players,” said Henderson, who this month appointed David Frasca his undersheriff. Frasca returns as second in command after retiring three years ago following a 32-year career in the office and continuing in law enforcement and as a part-time sergeant with Phelps Police Department.
Early Monday, coming off a three-day conference with incoming sheriffs statewide, Henderson had a full week planned that included meetings with various county leaders and community groups. He talked about issues on many people’s minds.
Check out Sheriff Henderson’s last appearance on Inside the FLX; as he was running for office in September.