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Retired State Police Investigator running for Sheriff

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Retired State Police Investigator running for Sheriff
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Twenty-eight years of service with the State Police wasn't enough for the latest candidate in the race for Jefferson County Sheriff.

Just two years after retirement, Colleen O'Neill wants back in.

Only now, she has her sights set on the Jefferson County Sheriff's post.

O'Neill, a democrat, retired from the state police as Senior Investigator in charge of the Alexandria Bay BCI Unit.

She says the county needs a sheriff willing to take a strong stance on ethics issues, where the community respects the sacrifices of the department, and where its members earn that respect.

O'Neill addressed the lack of beds in the jail and prioritizing job responsibilities within the department.

She also talked about how she would handle enforcement of the SAFE Act.

"As a law enforcement officer, I won't have no choice but to enforce the laws that are on the books in the state. But, there's room for prioritizing where manpower and attention should be focused," said Colleen O'Neill, Jefferson County Sheriff Candidate.

O'Neill's father served as Jefferson County Sheriff from 1977 to 1985.

She will face off against fellow Democrat, Undersheriff Paul Trudeau and Republican John Bocciolatt, a former Police Officer in both Watertown and Portland, Oregon.

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