Then-Sheriff Ed Guinan heard something in the deep voice of the reporter from WGVA radio that said “law enforcement.”
That reporter, and now Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero, was assigned to interview Guinan after his Election Day win in 1971, which he did in the locker room at the Clifton Springs Country Club.
At the end of the interview, Guinan asked the 20-year-old Povero about law enforcement, specifically dispatching, because of the voice.
“I really hadn’t,” said Povero, who spoke Tuesday before members of the Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua. “But it’s certainly very intriguing.”
Povero, who is retiring at the end of the year after 46 years in law enforcement and 28 years as sheriff, spoke about his early days on the job.
Make that, nights.
Povero at times was a one-man band, whether as jailer, dispatcher and then road patrol deputy, and most of the time he worked evening shifts in those early years.