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Sheriff Henry Hommes passed away Friday in Essex County
Sheriff Henry Hommes passed away Friday in Essex County

Veteran Essex County sheriff Henry Hommes remembered

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Essex County's veteran sherrif, Henry Hommes passed away Friday night after a battle with cancer. Hommes was re-elected last year and was serving his thirteenth year in the post. Brian Mann has details.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief
Henry Hommes had been battling lung cancer and he drew praise over the weekend from elected leaders in Essex County and from other law enforcement officials. County Supervisor Randy Douglas told the Glens Falls Post Star that Hommes was well-respected by everybody, adding that he will be missed. Hommes began his career as a member of the US Army Military Police in the 1960s. He then began a lengthy career as a state police officer here in New York. After retirement he was elected Essex County sheriff in 1997 and served during a period when the county modernized its jail system. He oversaw construction of the new Essex County correctional facility and public safety building. State police bureau of criminal investigation captain Robert LaFountain told the Plattsburg Press Republican that Hommes's death "is a great loss to our community and to me personally." County officials say undersheriff Richard Cutting will fill Hommes's post until a permanent replacement can be found. It's still unclear whether a special election will be held or whether a new sheriff will be appointed. No details about funeral arrangements have been released.     

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