Ilion, NY, Aug 02, 2010 — 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.
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.