Staff Report

Chenango County Undersheriff Ernest Cutting announced his intention to run for the position of Chenango County Sheriff at a press conference held Thursday on the steps of the Chenango County Courthouse in Norwich.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Thomas Loughren announced he was resigning to take a job as police chief on an Indian reservation in southern Florida. Cutting is serving as active sheriff. He did not return two calls for comments after the event.

But in a prepared statement received afterward, Cutting thanked Loughren for the experience of the past seven years he served under him. "I count myself fortunate to have learned from one of the finest sheriffs in New York state," the 43-year-old graduate of Afton Central School said.

Cutting said his campaign will begin on June 9, the first day when petitions can be circulated.

After 23 years with the agency, starting as a deputy, and serving 19 years in a variety of supervisory positions, Cutting said he understands every facet of the position he is seeking, he said.

"I am ready to achieve my long-term goal and lead the Chenango County Sheriff's Office," said Cutting. ''

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