LETTER: Letter to Madison County residents

To the Editor:

I am writing you this letter to bring your attention to the important race this November for the Office of Madison County Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office is the highest law enforcement position within the county, providing police, correctional and civil process services to your community.

In Madison County, the sheriff has 155 personnel under his command performing those responsibilities while he oversees an annual budget of more than $10 million dollars. It takes a special person to be an effective leader in such an important administrative position, and that is why I am recommending for your consideration, electing John E. Ball as your next sheriff.

John Ball, following his active duty in the United States Navy, began his 20-plus years of public service in the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office as assistant to the director of operations, followed by a 12-year career as executive assistant to the commissioner of corrections for Onondaga County, where I first met him.

In 2010, then-Sheriff Allen Riley brought John Ball into the Madison County Sheriff’s Office where he served as undersheriff, second in command. Since former Sheriff Riley’s appointment to a state position in Albany, Undersheriff Ball has been the acting sheriff for Madison County.

I have known John to be an honest and ethical administrator who has been effective in the many assignments he has had during his public safety career. Most recently I have enjoyed a good working relationship with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office while John and I were both undersheriffs. It is my belief that John Ball is the best-qualified candidate for Madison County sheriff, and therefore it is without hesitation that I recommend him to you for your full consideration this coming November.

Sincerely, Warren R. Darby, Onondaga County Undersheriff Retired (1995 – 2015)

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