Kevin has been given the honor of being the Franklin County Sheriff for over five years following his retirement as a Sergeant from the New York State Police after serving 23 years. He joined the State Police after being a New York State Correction Officer for four years.
A major reason Kevin is seeking election to the State Assembly is to continue with a career in public service to improve the lives of people living and working in our communities.
Kevin currently serves on several committees including Stop Domestic Violence, Suicide Prevention, Community Intervention Program and others. He is President of the Malone Rotary Club and past Chairman of the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board where he introduced many programs to help decrease the number of drunk drivers on our highways. In addition, Kevin is currently the Chairman of the Zone 9 Counter Terrorism Task Force and Co-Chair of the Franklin County Prevention Task Force that educates youth and implements programs discouraging young people from abusing alcohol and illegal drugs. He has also assisted most of the school districts in Franklin County with active shooter safety and response plans.
During his time as Sheriff, Kevin has introduced several new programs including Home Monitoring of qualified inmates, Child Safe ID, and Project Lifesaver. As a strong advocate for mental health and substance abuse services, he improved these programs in the Franklin County Jail.
Kevin has been actively involved in forums conducted throughout our area dealing with the heroin and opiate epidemic that is invading our communities. In the Fall of 2015, Kevin was an invited speaker at a Task Force on Heroin Addiction sponsored by Assemblywoman Duprey in Plattsburgh. Kevin stands by the fact that we cannot arrest ourselves out of this crisis so we must all work together toward additional services and more education on the dangers of these drugs.
Kevin's wife, Shelley, is a Special Education teacher in the Malone Central School District, and they have raised 7 children in the North Country. Two of thier children have special medical needs due to a chronic illness. As parents and people who work in the community, Kevin and Shelley know the difficulties and challenges that families in our area and across the state, face each and every day.
As Kevin begins this campaign, he also realizes the importance of family support, and he is fortunate to have the unconditional and enthusiastic support of his extended family.
"Giving back to my community is a virtue I hold dear to my heart. The opportunity to continue to help improve the lives of people living and working in the North Country was one I could not pass up. "