BATAVIA — For Sgt. John L. Baiocco, 30 years have come and gone.
One minute, he was beginning as a corrections officer on the county jail and the subsequent, he was strolling out the door Thursday afternoon after his final shift on the Genesee County Sheriff’s Workplace, although his retirement formally begins Sept. 3.
“I’ve executed about every part you can for this workplace — labored each shift, did warrants, received promoted, labored midnights. I’ve executed all of it … very honored to serve the individuals of Genesee County,” he mentioned after the ceremonial stroll out of the constructing the division gave him. “It’s a tough time for cops and if you stroll round, they thanks. It does matter.”
The choice to retire was a tough one, Baiocco mentioned, and one which he went forwards and backwards on for awhile.
“The explanation this was thrust on them at present is as a result of I lastly needed to decide at present to do it,” he mentioned. “If I might have stayed longer, I might have stayed. I might have by no means executed it. I’ve watched these individuals transfer up via the ranks, I’ve educated all people right here, virtually. We’ve received quite a lot of vacancies right here and we’re working actually shorthanded. I felt responsible about leaving. I used to be informed, ‘You may need to do issues for your self. You may need to think about your self slightly bit, too.”
Baiocco mentioned he was leaving nice pals.
“I inform these guys right here, ‘My telephone quantity’s not going to alter. I’m not going to be upset should you name and ask a query,” he mentioned. “I used to be the union president. I’ve been within the union a really very long time. I held each place aside from treasurer and that’s onerous to surrender, too.”
Baiocco began his profession on Aug. 19, 1991, as a correction officer on the Genesee County Jail. On April 13, 1993, he was appointed a deputy sheriff after which was promoted to sergeant on Jan. 23, 2016.
Throughout his tenure, Baiocco was assigned to the Civil Workplace with the duties of warrant officer and civil processes. Most not too long ago, he has been supervisor of the sector coaching officers and a toddler automobile seat security technician.
His dedication in serving in quite a few positions for the Deputy Sheriff’s Affiliation illustrates his dedication and fervour for his occupation and fellow colleagues, the county Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned. Baiocco earned a number of awards, together with Officer of the 12 months, Meritorious Service for Steady Excellence, three commendations, and certificates of appreciation.
“John has been a really devoted worker, and everybody right here on the Sheriff’s Workplace needs him the perfect in his future,” said Sheriff William Sheron Jr.
Household time is what’s subsequent for Baiocco, together with some issues he has lined up, he mentioned.
“I’m not going anyplace. I’ll be round in the event that they want any of my assist or something like that,” he mentioned, pointing to sheriff’s workplace personnel.
Requested what he would miss most after 30 years with the county Sheriff’s Workplace, he once more pointed to the group of officers standing a brief distance away.
“These guys stored me right here for so long as I’ve been right here. That is the explanation I’ve hung round longer than I in all probability ought to,” he mentioned with amusing.
What highlights or lowlights does he bear in mind from his time with the division?
“Once I was working the warrant officer place, I liked it,” he mentioned. “It’s simply the fun of making an attempt to get individuals, looking for them, observe them down. I bear in mind one man telling me, ‘I’ve solely been in Florida for 3 hours and you bought me. I’ve been in Batavia for a month and nobody’s discovered me.’ Stuff like that — I used to be in a position to attain over the telephone, ship an officer to the home to arrest this man that was a fugitive from justice. Stuff like that’s actual rewarding.”
Baiocco mentioned simply as he has mentored a number of the youthful officers, there have been individuals to do the identical when he joined the division. He mentioned Jail Superintendent William Zipfel was his first supervisor.
“I labored carefully with lots of people. There have been so many good folks that have been right here that helped me out,” he mentioned.