Most mornings when the alarm clock goes off at
5 a.m., Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts is already awake, pouring through emails and preparing for the day ahead. Every day is different and requires the energy and decisiveness of the day before, as he proudly serves the people of Wayne County and as the newly elected president of the New York State Sheriffs' Association.
Each day ends in the same way, with a prayer:
"I pray that our deputies, corrections and court security officers are safe. That we all do our jobs with integrity, and that everyone we come into contact with is treated with dignity."
This is what over 40 years in law enforcement looks like and is the philosophy that guides Sheriff Virts and the 191 members of Wayne County Sheriff's Office (WCSO), located in Lyons, N.Y.