J1244

Honoring Donald E. DeSmith upon his retirement from the Ontario County Sheriff's Office after 41 years of distinguished service

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  • 12 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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J1244


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Donald E. DeSmith upon the occasion of
his retirement from the Ontario County Sheriff's Office after 41 years
of distinguished service

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
honor those distinguished officers and citizens who would devote them-
selves to public service, demonstrating great courage and diligence in
providing for the care and welfare of the citizens of their communities
and this great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of New York there are
certain individuals who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,
command the respect and admiration of their community for their exem-
plary contributions and service on behalf of others; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Donald E. DeSmith upon the occasion of his retirement from the Ontario
County Sheriff's Office after 41 years of distinguished service; he
officially stepped down as Chief Deputy Sheriff on January 31, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Donald E. DeSmith began his exemplary career with the sher-
iff's office as a part-time deputy on May 15, 1972; he was promoted to
Sergeant in 1977, and was appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff in February
1982, a position he held until his retirement; and
WHEREAS, As Chief Deputy Sheriff, Donald E. DeSmith expertly oversaw
the daily operations of the sheriff's office and earned the respect and
admiration of his peers, colleagues, and community for his enthusiasm
and consummate professionalism; among his many accomplishments, he is
widely known and lauded for helping the Ontario County Sheriff's Office
achieve full accreditation; and
WHEREAS, His success in leading that vital effort benefited more than
Ontario County; Donald E. DeSmith went on to assist sheriff's depart-
ments throughout New York State with the accreditation process, and he
became a national assessor, inspecting police agencies around the coun-
try; and
WHEREAS, Donald E. DeSmith earned an associate's degree in criminal
justice from Monroe Community College in 1971, and a bachelor's degree
in interdisciplinary studies from Empire State College in 2004; in addi-
tion, he completed management training at the Federal Bureau of Investi-
gation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 1988, and was a Master
Instructor at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy; and
WHEREAS, Donald E. DeSmith has been called upon to contribute his time
and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always
given of himself unstintingly; for many years he was an invaluable asset
on the county STOP-DWI Traffic Safety Board, and he served on the Marcus
Whitman School Board for 12 years as a member and two years as Presi-
dent; and
WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife of 41 years, Marilyn,
and their two children, Matthew (Michelle) DeSmith and Suzanne (Jeremy)
Kierst, as well as four grandchildren, Morgan, Madelyn, Griffin and
Austin, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his life and rejoice
in his achievements; and
WHEREAS, For his retirement, Donald E. DeSmith is looking forward to
spending time with his family and to continuing his service to the
community through volunteer work; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those dedicated
public servants who unselfishly devote their lives to the preservation
of order and the protection of others are worthy and due full praise for
their commitment and noble endeavors; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Donald E. DeSmith upon the occasion of his retirement from the
Ontario County Sheriff's Office after 41 years of distinguished service,
and to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Donald E. DeSmith.

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