Russell Payne, the Republican Party's candidate for Chautauqua County Sheriff, is advocating for central police services in Chautauqua County.
In a news release, Payne stated his preference for one countywide police department.
"... I am a strong advocate of what is known as Central Police Services, an idea strongly supported by the Chautauqua County Chiefs of Police Association," Payne said. "If elected sheriff, it would be my intent to create just such a system right here in Chautauqua County. This would mean that all Chautauqua County police agencies would fall under one umbrella which would be responsible for maximizing police services while, at the same time, avoiding the costly duplication of those services."
Payne said the system would be overseen by a newly created Chautauqua County Law Enforcement Council comprised of the Sheriff, the Chiefs of Police, and representatives from the County Fire Service.
"All of these agencies would be working together in an attempt to improve law enforcement and fire services throughout the County while, at the same time, avoiding the costly duplication of those services," Payne said. "Under this system, all county law enforcement and fire service components would have a voice and a choice in the future of those services. This plan has been discussed and is supported by the Chautauqua County Chiefs of Police and is the keystone of my candidacy for Chautauqua County Sheriff."
Payne is a teaching assistant at the BOCES Hewes Center in Ashville who retired from the Jamestown Police Department after 20 years. He also served as Carroll town supervisor, has worked as a court security officer for the county sheriff's department and a gaming inspector for the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca.