Newer vehicles in the Ontario County sheriff's department have a new design

Motorists and pedestrians in Ontario County will be seeing a different look for some sheriff's vehicles in the near future, with the cars in the 2019 fleet sporting a new design.

The current vehicle graphics had been on the sheriff's vehicles since 1999, and after 20 years Sheriff Kevin Henderson — who began his tenure as sheriff in January succeeding longtime sheriff Phil Povero — wanted a new look. Henderson wanted to keep the red and white color scheme for the vehicles, though.

Members of the sheriff’s office had direct involvement in the design, colors and style, according to a release from the sheriff's office. Sgt. Mike Rago, sheriff fleet supervisor; photographer Krista
Schlenker; and Deputy Bart Castle all played a role in the new design. Schlenker and Rago did the initial design, working with Ewing Graphics in Farmington for the layout and style. They also met with representatives from the Seneca Nation at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, consulting them about the accuracy of the depiction of the Indian in the center of the sheriff's badge, which was drawn by Deputy Bart Castle and is in the Ontario County Seal.

Also on the new vehicles are the words “Serving Since 1789” to show the history of the Office of Sheriff as well as the American Flag.

The new vehicle graphics will be implemented over the course of the next several years as the older vehicles in the fleet are phased out. Some of the vehicles with the new design will be seen in the next few weeks.