Wayne County sheriff elected NYSSA president

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts recently was elected president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association during the 84th annual winter training conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

Virts will work with sheriffs around the state to further NYSSA’s efforts to enhance public safety in the state through professional training and accreditation programs, public safety programs and advocacy.

NYSSA comprises all elected and appointed sheriffs in the state. The nonprofit corporation, formed in 1934, helps sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public.


Williamson soldier retires from New York Army National Guard

Sgt. 1st Class Steven Mellott, of Williamson, recently retired from the New York Army National Guard after 38 years of military service.

Mellott was assigned to the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

He first entered the military in July 1979.


Williamson resident receives SWBR promotion

Steven Fernaays, of Williamson, was promoted recently to principal at SWBR in Rochester.

Principals at SWBR serve as the firm’s key leadership, responsible for client relationships, business objectives, strategic vision and overall growth for the firm.

Fernaays joined SWBR in 2009. He works with higher education partners, including Nazareth College, Cornell University, Monroe Community College and University of Rochester. In his expanded role, he will be responsible for relationships among the firm’s key academic clients.

Fernaays acquired his LEED Green Associate accreditation in 2013. He demonstrated a foundation in green building principles and practices, and has an understanding of sustainability. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.