Adam Interviews Patrick O'Flynn

Patrick O'Flynn was drawn to the law while flirting with it

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Patrick O’Flynn was drawn to the law while flirting with it.

His dirt bike racing would put him, on occasion, face to face with state police.

“I said that’s kind of a neat job if the opportunity ever arose so I applied back in the day when I was starting off in college and was able to become a trainee here at the Sheriff’s Office and I was 17 turning 18,” O’Flynn said.

That was 42 years ago.

O’Flynn’s last day in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is fast approaching.

His reelection bid under the Republican banner was undone this year by Democratic challenger Todd Baxter.

He’ll be leaving having served 17 years as sheriff, a position he walked into after his predecessor Andy Meloni retired.

Below is a Q&A with Sheriff O’Flynn about his impending departure.

Adam: What’s one of the specific accomplishments you’re looking back on now and saying, I’m really proud of that?

O’Flynn: Probably one of the biggest accomplishments is to be able to be accredited for the last 20 plus years, we’ve been nationally statewide accredited and that doesn’t come easy that means we’re one of the best in the country maintaining your standards ensuring that your innovation is keeping up with the rest of law enforcement.

Adam: So given all that, what do you think happened during the election?

O’Flynn: We’re waiting on the numbers and smarter people from a political standpoint than I will do the analysis, I think there were was a perfect storm when it comes to issues coming together from the constitutional convention, what did that bring out, how did that bring out and how did that effect the numbers to could be the Trump effect that people talk about, never seen it before for that to have that kind of influence.

Adam: Any regrets?

O’Flynn: I wish I would have won the election and get to stay and work with all the staff, you think the little things, I’m so proud of the staff we have year, they’re second to none and what we’ve able to accomplish. It’s been a good run. It’s been a great experience.

Adam: Is there a sense of relief, though, after all this time, you can do your own thing?

O’Flynn: Now this is an opportunity, I guess you could call it that, to go out and explore what’s out there from a homeland security side of the house from my background and education, I’m looking forward to it.


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