Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts will not run for re-election

There will be a change at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Bary Virts announced last week that he would not seek re-election in 2021 when his current term expires.

The Times of Wayne County reported on Saturday that Sheriff Virts, who has led the department for nearly 12 years, told the Republican Committee of Wayne County that he would not seek another term.

He will retire at the age of 65, which is seven years younger than he had originally planned.

Lieutenant Robert Milby has already expressed interest in the position. Macedon Police Sergeant Steve MacNeal also said that he would seek the party’s nod. Both of those individuals are registered Republicans.

The Sheriff’s Office consists of 173 employees, according to public records. SeeThruNY reports that the position of sheriff pays more than $120,000 annually.

“I still have 15 months of work to do as I continue to meet the daily challenges as Sheriff,” Virts said. “I remain committed to lead this Office by the professional accreditation standards we operate by and to demand the highest degree of professionalism and integrity by the employees of this Office.”

At this early point in the campaigning process no Democrats have publicly come forward to run. However, the race will not be on the ballot until November 2021.