It's official: Brian Schenck is running for Cayuga County sheriff.
Schenck made the announcement Thursday evening at the Springside Inn, where dozens of community members gathered to offer their support. The current sheriff's office detective lieutenant was also joined by Cayuga County Coroner Dr. Adam Duckett, who said he would seek re-election in the fall.
Last month, Schenck discussed his intent to fill the position should Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould retire, and on Monday, Gould confirmed he would not pursue another term. Gould was first elected sheriff in 2006, when he ousted former Sheriff Rob Outhouse. He won a second and third term in 2010 and 2014 without any opposition.
As of Thursday, Schenck was the only person to declare his candidacy for sheriff. He said he intends to seek the Republican endorsement and he has filed paperwork to launch a campaign, the Committee to Elect Brian Schenck Sheriff.