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Saying goodbye to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero

Outgoing Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero had one goal when he started his four-decades-plus career in law enforcement.

Completely eliminate crime in the county so the jail could close and he could then retire to Florida.

“I didn’t achieve all of my goals,” said Povero, from his office at the jail. On this day, he’s in the process of trying to accomplish another goal, cleaning out his desk — there is a large trash receptacle present — but the day-to-day details of a job that never quite seems finished keep interrupting.

Povero, who started with the Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a corrections officer and has served as sheriff since he was first elected in 1990, plans to work through New Year’s Eve.

There’s a lot to wrap up after 46 years, but he’s not at all disappointed that he could not achieve what most anyone would consider his impossible dream.

“Police officers are busy. The jail population is at a low point,” Povero said. “We are making strides in a positive way. We have a lot of positives. I hope we can continue to build on it.”

Read more from the Canandaigua Messenger

Check out Povero’s final appearance as Sheriff on Inside the FLX below:

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