CARMEL, N.Y. - Kevin McConville, a lifelong Putnam County resident with over 30 years of law enforcement experience has announced his intention to run on the Republican ticket for the office of Putnam County Sheriff.

McConville, who made the announcement during a press conference on the steps of Putnam County Courthouse last week, said he will also seek the endorsement of the Conservative Party.

McConville retired in 2008 as chief of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police Department, where he oversaw a 770-member force with a $100 million budget. During his tenure as chief, he created the Interagency Counter Terrorism Team to address terrorism, working with the FBI, members of the Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF), and numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the Hudson Valley to ensure the safety of commuters, including those using MetroNorth.

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Additionally, McConville served as a member of the governor’s Homeland Security Team and developed and implemented plans and strategies to prevent bombings on commuter rail systems, like the ones in London and Madrid.

For the past 12 years, McConville has served as director of Security & Emergency Management at a local healthcare facility.

In announcing his candidacy, McConville said, “It is time to have a responsible, accountable and efficient law enforcement leader, one that manages the budget, and the Department. The role of the sheriff is not about politics, it is a hands-on job that requires the knowledge of how a law enforcement agency works and how to do it effectively and efficiently, provide support and training to your personnel and excellent service to your communities.

“I support, without hesitation, the men and women of law enforcement. Let’s give our deputies and corrections officers a leader, one who isn’t afraid of transparency and fiscal accountability,” he added. “Training, resources and assets are a large part of that support. So is leadership; providing a mission and goals allows deputies and corrections personnel to fulfill the Department’s job. As my good friend, Dutchess Sheriff Butch Anderson says, ‘Treat others as you want to be treated.’ That is a promise we will uphold in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.”

McConville, 63, has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Marist College, and lives with his wife Janice in Cold Spring. They have three children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Putnam County.

McConville would face incumbent Democrat Sheriff Robert Langley, who announced his intention to seek re-election earlier this month.