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Sheriff Middaugh won't seek fifth term

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - After 40 years of service, Oneida County Sheriff Daniel Middaugh will not seek a fifth term.

Sheriff Middaugh said that the decision is one he thought over and prayed about "for some time." Middaugh said he would like to spend time with his family, travel and get re-acquainted with his fishing pole and golf clubs.

Middaugh said that he has enjoyed serving the citizens of Oneida County over the past 40 years, serving as Sheriff since 1995. When reflecting on his accomplishments in his time as Sheriff, Middaugh noted the construction of the correctional facility to address overcrowding and generate substantial revenue, computerized Civil Office operations, implemented a digital mug shot system, implemented a gang intelligence unit, promoted a multi-county pharmaceutical bid saving tax dollars on inmate medications.

Middaugh also noted a contract with the State Correctional system for food service, becoming the first county in the state to enter into such a contract, saving what Middaugh said was thousands of dollars per year for Oneida County taxpayers.

Middaugh also introduced Project Life Saver and the Scared Straight Program and achieved accreditation for the Highway Patrol Division and will achieve accreditation for the Corrections and Civil Divisions by year's end.

Sheriff Middaugh added that it has been a very rewarding career. He worked his way up through the ranks of Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain before being elected Sheriff in 1994. He also received the honor of being elected President of the New York State Sheriff's Association in 2006, the first Sheriff of Oneida County to achieve that distinction.

"I want to thank all my supporters and staff who have helped me to live my lifelong dream," Middaugh said.

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