Longtime Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office member Brian Schenck, taking over for newly-retired Sheriff David Gould, was sworn in Wednesday, alongside the county coroner and a county legislator.
At a reception in Fleming’s Springside Inn, Schenck, who first joined the department in 1997, was sworn in by acting Cayuga County Supreme Court Judge Mark Fandrich to replace Gould after the latter retired from his 12 years as sheriff earlier in the week.
Cayuga County Coroner Adam Duckett and Cayuga County District 10 Legislator Joseph Bennett, R-Auburn, were both also sworn in after winning re-election.
Schenck and Duckett both said one of the biggest priorities of their terms would be to continue their offices’ cooperative work to alleviate the damaging effects of the drug and opioid epidemic in Cayuga County.
Noting how many in the crowd gathered Wednesday were from both the Democratic and Republican parties, Duckett said it was that kind of unity needed to solve the problem.
“It’s amazing to see how really special this county is to bring so many people out,” Duckett said.
The Auburn Citizen: