If you persevere and retire, your next step should be to join S.O.A.R. Thus starts a letter handed to each retire as they leave the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. No idle gesture, this will enable each individual to continue a fellowship with fellow retirees and current management of the agency. The sharing of retirement information to include but not limited to benefit data is but one of the many topics shared with retirees via social gatherings where speakers keep attendees current.

You may ask yourself, “What is S.O.A.R. and what’s it all about?” Our purpose is to promote fellowship between members, keep abreast of the current advancements being made within the agency and to render voluntary assistance to the Office of the Sheriff, Monroe County, New York.

The organization was formed in March 1980 when several recent retirees gathered to begin an organization that would allow all retirees to meet on a regular basis, to participate in a social organization that looked out for the retiree’s interests, and would provide a resource of professional experienced individuals to assist with the agency on an ongoing basis. At the first gathering, 34 retirees met at the Monroe County Jail, created by-laws and selected a nominating committee consisting of retired Investigator Jeanette Ferraro, retired Major Norman Doe and retired Sergeant Carl Clapp. This was the beginning….

On January 6, 1981, retired Criminal Investigation Division Investigator Jeanette Ferraro was elected as the first President of S.O.A.R. Other officers were retired Sergeant Robert Crowder as Vice-President, retirees Marge Sodeman as Secretary and Edward Sadden as Treasurer.

A brief chronology of the S.O.A.R. presidency:

  • 1980 S.O.A.R. began
  • 1981 President Jeanette Ferraro
  • 1988 President Donald Thibault
  • 1990 President Anthony Volonino
  • 1993 President Don Kieffer
  • 1995 President John Leszczynski
  • 1997 President John Flannery
  • 2011 President Ed Ramsperger
  • 2017 to present, President Marv Hankinson

Through annual luncheons, dinners and picnics, the membership has grown to over 350 individuals. A modest membership allows the association to function and used to offset the costs of the luncheons. All members are also invited, at no cost, to the MCDSA annual summer picnic.

S.O.A.R. expresses sincere appreciation to The Monroe County Deputy Sheriff’s Association MCDSA (Jail & Civil Union) who has continuously offered office and clerical support to S.O.A.R. thoughout its many years of existence. SOAR must also express our appreciation to the Board and membership of all of the other Unions that represent the employees of the MCSO: MCSPBA, MCLEA and CSEA. Without their support S.O.A.R could not continue to serve its members.

2015 Board Members

Position Name Contact Info Term of Service
President Marv Hankinson 585-964-5231 (H)
585-303-8519 (C)
1-1-17 to 12-31-18
President Emeritus John Flannery 585-428-5453
1-1-14 to …
Vice President Robert Kehoe 585-519-3227
1-1-18 to 12-31-19
Secretary Steven E. Lemon 585-723-9092 (H)
585-797-8093 (C)
1-1-16 to 12-31-17
Treasurer Larry Crawford 585-446-0472 or 585-278-6027
1-1-18 to 12-31-19
Treasurer Emeritus Lou Leone 1-1-15 to …
Trustee Judy Trost 585-436-3321 (H)
585-330-5386 (C)
1-1-18 to 12-31-19
Trustee Bob Connors 585-738-0735
1-1-18 to 12-31-19
Trustee Howard Merritt 585-396-0460
1-1-18 to 12-31-19
Trustee Lance Hine 585-621-6884
1-1-18 to 12-31-18
Trustee Gary Carpino 585-280-0355
1-1-18 to 12-31-18
Trustee Linda Spiegel 585-727-1617
1-1-17 to 12-31-18

Unless otherwise posted, all S.O.A.R. Board members may be reached by calling 585-428-5453 or by sending correspondence to the S.O.A.R. Office at 170 Mt Read Blvd., Rochester, NY 14619.

All SOAR Board members may be reached by the Contact page on SOAR web site.