SYRACUSE — Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh says he won’t seek re-election to a sixth term and will retire at the end of 2014, ending a 20-year run in office.
Local media outlets report that the 69-year-old Republican announced his retirement Monday morning.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Republican candidates already had begun lining up with the expectation that Walsh, elected in 1994, would retire. John Balloni, chief of Walsh’s civil division, has started fundraising and Walsh has said he’d support him as his eventual replacement. DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway is also raising money to seek the Republican nomination.
Two Democrats have also announced campaigns. One is Toby Shelley, a retired sheriff’s deputy who lost a race to Walsh in 2010. Crayg Dykes, a sergeant in the sheriff’s office, is also seeking the Democratic nomination.