Philip C. Povero, Sheriff - Ontario County

  David C. Tillman, Undersheriff
74 Ontario Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
585 394-4560
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Philip C. Povero is a graduate of Geneva High School, Finger Lakes Community College and the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He began his career with the Sheriff’s office in 1972 as a corrections and communications officer. In January, 1973, he was assigned to the Sheriff’s Road Patrol. From 1977 to 1990, he served as an investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division. He was elected to the Office of Sheriff in 1990. During his tenure, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office has acquired state accreditation for its law enforcement, corrections, emergency communications, civil, and court security divisions, plus correctional health care accreditation with National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The Sheriff has implemented the D.A.R.E. Program and provided School Resource Officers to Ontario County school districts. In 2005, “Project Life Saver,” a radio system to locate missing Alzheimer patients was implemented by the Sheriff. Sheriff Povero is past President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and  current Secretary of the New York State Sheriffs' Institute. In addition, he is Chairman of the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy Board of Directors. He is a co-chairman of the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Committee on Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. Ontario County has a population of 110,000 and an area of 644 square miles.