Former Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero appointed to serve as interim sheriff through end of 2022

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ONTARIO COUNTY, N.Y. (WROC) — After announcing his retirement in 2018 following 28 years of service, former Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero was appointed to resume the position on an interim basis Monday.

Povero was appointed Monday morning by Ontario County Judge Brian Dennis and he’ll fill the role through the end of next year.

At the time of his retirement, Povero stood as the longest-serving sheriff working in New York. His career spanned for nearly 50 years before he finally hung up his uniform on December 31, 2018.

“We appreciate Sheriff Povero’s willingness to come back from retirement to help Ontario County guide the Sheriff’s Office through this transition period until the next elected Sheriff takes office in January of 2023. Phil’s tremendous experience with the Office as well as with the Board of Supervisors is exactly what the County needs to keep making positive changes and moving the office forward.” Said Ontario County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren.

His return to the top position at the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office follows Kevin Henderson resignation that came after harassment allegations collected by over anonymous tip line in late September.

Officials said a number of complaints accused Henderson and other higher-ups of sexually harassing employees of the sheriff’s office, creating a toxic work environment.

Henderson originally said he had no intention of resigning, stating that board members scrutinized “the handling of certain internal HR and administrative matters” within the sheriff’s office.

Eventually, the foregoing sheriff officially resigned on September 29.

According to authorities, Ontario County Supreme and County Court Judge Brian Dennis filed a formal appointment for Povero to become Interim Sheriff Friday.

If sworn in back into the position, Povero will serve as the lead of the department for the rest of year and possibly into 2022.

Officials say the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference for the swearing in ceremony. It is due to be happening at the county courthouse next to the sheriff station.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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