2008 sheriff candidate Dave Cole plans run

Jeffery Smith
Dave Cole

David Cole is making another run for Steuben County sheriff.

Cole, 63, who unsuccessfully ran for the position in 2008, announced his plans Thursday at Donna’s Restaurant. He will soon begin collecting signatures to be placed on the Republican ballot.

“I would like to formally announce my intentions,” Cole said. “In the last election I had a lot of support from the department, state police and other agencies. I’m expecting similar support this (campaign).”

His announcement comes two days after Joel Ordway announced he would not seek re-election. Ordway’s term ends in December.

Current Undersheriff Ray Dell is also expected to seek the Republican nomination. Dell, of Corning, was out of town on business and could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Cole, of Cohocton, is currently a member of the Addison Police Department and is the Addison High School resource officer. He served as Steuben County undersheriff from 1999 to 2008, when he stepped down to run for sheriff, and was a state police trooper for 23 years prior to that. He started in law enforcement in 1975 at the Wayland Police Department.

Cole said much of his time spent in law enforcement has been in a supervising role.

“That’s part of the reason I decided to run again,” Cole said. “The department has really taken a step backwards in the past couple of years due to the leadership.”

He was not surprised Ordway decided not to run again.

“I saw that coming from the deterioration of the department,” Cole said. “I expected it for some time.”

Cole was critical of a number of lawsuits recently filed against Steuben County because of actions of the sheriff’s department.

“New information on these suits will soon be coming out,” Cole said. “A lot of the issues have not been made public yet. One resulted in a $100,000 settlement. That’s taxpayers’ money and it deserves an explanation.”

Cole said two of the suits were filed by female police officers, and another filed against a Steuben County correction officer for his alleged actions against another county employee.

“The primary goals are to improve morale in the road patrol and the county jail,” Cole said. “We need to improve the morale and get police officers back to work.”

Cole was narrowly defeated by Ordway in the 2008 Republican primary.

“I lost by about 66 votes,” Cole said.

In the general election, Ordway easily defeated Cole, who ran under the Conservative and Independence lines.

Cole has not named a candidate for undersheriff. Jim Waight, who finished third in the GOP primary in 2008 for sheriff, said Cole is the best person for the job and he is interested in serving as his undersheriff.