MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace announces the retirement of Undersheriff Charles Holder on Friday afternoon. Undersheriff Holder has over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, the last 13 years spent as the second-in-command to Sheriff Gerace.
Prior to being appointed Undersheriff in 2006, Holder has served as the agency’s Captain, Sergeant and Academy Director of the Zone 13 Training. In addition, he served in the Jail/Court Services. Holder was the Team Supervisor of the County Fire Investigation Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team.
Holder had an important role in numerous programs and initiatives during his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, including all capital projects, the EMT program and all the agency accreditation programs.
The Undersheriff is also a Firefighter and EMT with the Maple Springs Fire Department.
Holder will be assuming new responsibilities as the new Emergency Planning Coordinator for SUNY Fredonia. His retirement will become effective in December.
Sheriff Gerace thanked Undersheriff Holder for his many years of service, dedication and professionalism. He has been a tremendous asset to the Sheriff’s Office and partner in the operation of the agency.
In addition to Holder’s departures, Gerace will also be leaving the sheriff’s office after nearly 40 years of service at the end of December. He was defeated earlier this week in the general election, losing to Republican candidate and former Sheriff’s Office deputy James Quattrone.