When the news came that Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum still works as a part-time Woodstock police officer it did sound unusual but not surprising for someone like Sheriff Van Blarcum. We are lucky to have a County Sheriff that is the most down to earth, hard working public servant Ulster County has ever witnessed.
When is the last time we have had a County Sheriff that is out on the street and not stuck up in his office. I will never forget the day I was driving in mid town Kingston and saw Sheriff Van Blarcum patrolling up and down on an ATV. That is just the type of guy he is.
That does not stop dud legislators like Glenn Noonan from taking their shots:
Republican Glenn Noonan, the minority leader of the County Legislature, disapproved of the moonlighting.
"Why would you run for sheriff if you are going to moonlight?" Noonan said. "I don't think it is appropriate when he is making $95,000. He should be devoting 24/7 toward the sheriff's department."Van Blarcum responded in typical Van Blarcum fashion :
"It is not about the money," the sheriff said last week from his office in the county Law Enforcement Center in Kingston. It is not about retirement either, said the officer of 32 years. "They were there for me when I needed a part-time job and I am not letting them down now. " It is nothing that interferes with my day-to-day drills."
I'm proud to have a Sheriff like Paul Van Blarcum and people can take their political shots at him but there is no one in this County that can hold a candle to the work he and Under Sheriff Frank Faluotico have done since taking office in 2007.