NORWICH – On the steps of the Chenango County Courthouse, with the support of his family, the Republican party and three former Chenango County sheriffs, Undersheriff Ernest R. Cutting Jr. announced his candidacy for the office of sheriff Thursday.
“As I move forward, I am looking forward to an active campaign. Throughout my career it has been a great pleasure meeting and working with so many of the great people here in our county. I am looking forward to meeting and shaking hands with many more of you in the coming months,” said Cutting, whose official campaign will kick off June 9.
Tuesday, Sheriff Thomas J. Loughren said he was stepping down from his post June 8 after 28 years with the office, 18 of them as sheriff.
The 57-year-old sheriff was offered a new post as police chief for the Miccosukee Police Department in Miami, Fla. and was sworn in two weeks ago after a month-long vacation to the area. Loughren was a federal and state law enforcement officer with the Miccosukee PD back in the early 1980s and with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1989.