Detective Lt. Brian Schenck said he has filed paperwork launching a campaign to run for Cayuga County sheriff should Sheriff David Gould decide to retire from the position.
Gould confirmed Wednesday that he and Schenck have "communicated" about the campaign — the Committee to Elect Brian Schenck Sheriff — and discussed the possibility that Gould will not seek re-election in November. Gould, a retired New York State Police officer, was first elected to the position in 2006, when he ousted former Sheriff Rob Outhouse. He then won a second and third term in 2010 and 2014 without any opposition.
Schenck said Wednesday that he is preparing to seek the position should Gould decide not to run. Gould said he has already made his decision, which he plans to officially announce next month.
"I am preparing to seek the position of sheriff in anticipation that (Gould) is not going to run," Schenck said. "I wouldn't run against him. I would only seek the position if he decides that he's not going to run."