Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour is retiring before the end of his term.
According to a press release, he's taking a job in the private sector. He'll be retiring at the end of the year. His term doesn't end until 2020.
“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Niagara County as their sheriff for 11 years, he said. "The people of Niagara placed their trust in me for three elections and for that I am truly grateful. I have always believed in term limits and I feel that it is my time to move on to a new chapter and allow a fresh face to take the reins. It’s not easy being married to the sheriff or having the sheriff as your dad. My family has made tremendous sacrifices for many years and they deserve a break. I could not have done my job without my wife, Pilar at my side, always picking up the slack. “ “My co-workers, some 350 strong, are truly the best in the business. They are loyal, dedicated, brave and true professionals. I will miss them greatly but I am confident they will carry on with the mission, keeping you safe.”
Sheriff Voutour was first hired September 6, 1993 as a Niagara County Deputy. He was promoted to the ranks of Sergeant, Captain and Chief Deputy during his tenure and served the Sheriff’s Office for more than 26 years. He's been the sheriff for the department since 2008.
Voutour will be working with a large law enforcement technology company as a police consultant, per the department's press release.
"I will have a tremendous opportunity to continue to contribute to law enforcement with a significant decrease in responsibility and stress while spending more time with my wife and daughters," he said.
Undersheriff, Michael Filicetti will be in charge of the department.
His last day as sheriff will be December 30th, 2019.