Democrat enters race for Orange County sheriff

Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Bernie Rivers

GOSHEN – The retired director of law enforcement for the State Department of Environmental Conservation plans to formally announce his candidacy for Orange County sheriff on the Democratic line on this coming Sunday.

Sheriff Carl DuBois will retire at the end of next year after holding the post longer than any other sheriff in the county.

Two fellow Republicans have previously announced their candidacy, Undersheriff Ken Jones and former Sheriff’s Captain and now Deputy Montgomery Village Chief Paul Arteta.

Now, Democrat Bernie Rivers has entered the race after a 40-year career in law enforcement.

“They do have the home field advantage both coming from the sheriff’s office; however, based on my work experience with my 30 years with the Department of Environmental Conservation Police and 10 years with New York State Department of Correctional Services prior to going to the DEC, I believe I have the qualifications for both the correctional facility part of the department and the road patrol,” he told Mid-Hudson News.

With the election a year away, Rivers plans to introduce himself to the residents of Orange County and explain why he believes he is the best candidate for the top law enforcement post.