For Wayne County Sheriff
Public Safety for All
Public safety for all will be a priority of the Sheriff’s Office. The Leadership will diligently research contemporary policing strategies, develop training, and build a culture of Guardianship amongst personnel to meet the needs of the public we serve. DWI/Driving While Ability Impaired enforcement as well as highway safety training will be a priority.
The Sheriff’s Office will build upon its presence in the community, especially in non-Law Enforcement related incidents/functions. Building relationships with those we serve is of utmost importance to build trust and legitimacy. Maintaining those relationships are important when it comes to community input and investigations.
Mental Health Services
The Sheriff’s Office will work with private and public sector organizations to determine the best response methods when addressing mental health calls for service. We will provide the compassionate care necessary in our mental health response. Deputies are expected to see and experience things time and time again that nobody should have to see or experience. Providing mental health services to the men and women who have chosen the profession of Law. Enforcement will be a priority so they can provide the excellent service our community members deserve.
The Sheriff’s Office will provide training to community members in the use of Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose. We will continue to educate our children and loved ones about the dangers of opioid us. We will work with local, state, and federal partners to continue to arrest and prosecute those manufacturing, transporting, and selling lethal doses of opioids in our communities.
The Sheriff’s Office will build a diverse staff in all bureaus, from the Deputies to the Command Staff and actively seek out black, brown, and minority candidates from diverse backgrounds for employment so the staff is reflective of the population of Wayne County. Those from different cultures, backgrounds, and generations offer a unique perspective.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will continue to advocate for all victims of crimes especially those who are unable to advocate for themselves. We will implement programs and policies to ensure those who need an advocate in Law Enforcement will receive an advocate and not fall through the cracks.
An immediate priority will be to evaluate the staffing and supervisory needs of the department to adequately provide the excellent service our communities deserve. This includes the Jail and Court staff as well as Road Patrol, and First-Line Supervisors. There has been an increase in crimes against our children. Increasing the number of Investigators who investigate those crimes and protect our greatest asset is of utmost importance.
Employee Retention & Development
We will create an environment to retain employees rather than train them and lose them to other agencies. While pay and benefits are important, they are not the only reason employees stay at an agency. Having an opportunity to build a diverse career portfolio and accomplishing goals is equally important. This ultimately saves money and builds a talented, experienced, well-rounded staff.
About Steve MacNeal
Steve was born and raised in Walworth, Wayne County, New York. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, he joined the Walworth Fire Department and continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter.
In 1998, Steve followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and began his career as a Deputy Sheriff at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. In 2002, he transferred to the Irondequoit Police Department and worked in a very diverse community neighboring the City of Rochester. In 2014, Steve had the opportunity to return to Wayne County and currently serves as the Administrative Sergeant at the Macedon Police Department.
As part of the Administrative Sergeant’s duties, Steve develops and implements departmentwide training, drafts and implements General Orders and policy, and is moving the department toward New York State Accreditation. Recently, Steve was tasked with developing the Police Reform and Reinvention plan per the Governor’s Executive Order.
Steve is in a unique position in that he is an administrator but also works the Road Patrol every day. This affords him the opportunity to recognize the needs of the community AND the needs of the police officers so they can adequately serve the community and fulfill a successful career.
Steve is the Chairperson of the Wayne County Peer Support Team, an organization that provides mental health assistance to Law Enforcement Professionals throughout Wayne County.
Off duty, Steve plans and oversees the Macedon/Walworth National Night Out, an annual family event designed to bring the community together with those who serve them in different capacities, from police/fire/EMS personnel to highway department personnel to MercyFlight and other nonprofit organizations.
Steve and his wife, Tyler, own Mac’s Pizza Shack in Macedon. Each year, Steve coordinates an annual coat and clothing drive as well as the “Mac’s Packs for Kids” program which is designed to provide children across Wayne County with backpacks and school supplies.
Steve recently served two terms as President of the Western Wayne Chamber of Commerce which serves the towns of Macedon, Marion, Palmyra, and Walworth. While in office, he implemented a community Narcan education and training program.
Steve has proven his passion and dedication for his community. He has the experience and leadership abilities to steer the Sheriff’s Office into the future while serving the Deputies and our community in a deserving manner.
• Field Training Officer Certification
• Course in Police Supervision
• General Topics Instructor Certification
• Accreditation Manager
• Firearms/Rifle Instructor Certification
• Narcan Instructor
• Tactical Warrant Execution & Building Searches
• FBI- Survival Awareness
• FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development
• Reality Based Training Instructor
• Lost Person Behavior Training
• De-escalation Training
• Implicit Bias Training
• Disability Awareness Instructor- Police/Fire/EMS
Well rounded Law Enforcement Professional with over 22 years of experience.
MACEDON POLICE DEPARTMENT (MPD) 2014-Present
• Engages in proactive police strategies in vehicle and traffic enforcement, numerous self-initiated criminal investigations, and 911 dispatched calls for service.
• Maintain positive community relations with citizens and business owners during routine patrols and the investigation of crimes to preserve a high quality of life.
• Assist the Chief of Police with day to day operations
• Draft and implement General Orders and Policy
• Implement Reform & Reinvention Initiative
• Develop and implement departmental training
• Chairperson of Wayne County Peer Support Team
• Departmental Accreditation Manager
IRONDEQUOIT POLICE DEPARTMENT (IPD) 2002- 2014
- Road Patrol duties
- Emergency Response Team- Team Leader and Quartermaster (Duties include budget, equipment procurement and maintenance, and training)
- Bicycle Unit
- Training Unit
- Field Training Officer
- General Topics Instructor
- Firearms Instructor
- Patrol Rifle Instructor
- Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (2007)
- Community Response Team
- Assigned to Criminal Investigation Unit as needed for high profile cases (Duties include search warrant writing and investigative skills)
WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 1998-2002
Deputy Sheriff- Road Patrol
- Initial Law Enforcement Professional Assignment
- Responded to the citizens of Wayne County in times of Emergency Situations
- Gained experience in all aspects of Law Enforcement including Emergency Response, Public Safety, Firearms Training, Communications, and Court Procedures.
- Assigned to Road Patrol, Bicycle, and Snowmobile Units during service.
- Officer of the Month (Macedon PD)
- Certificate of Commendation for water rescue (Macedon PD)
- Recognized for murder investigation of a mother and the purchase and delivery of Christmas gifts for her three children (IPD)
- Recognized for arrest of Monroe County-wide burglary suspects (IPD)
- Recognized for in progress burglary arrest (IPD)
- Recognized for developing and remodeling ERT storage room (IPD)
- Recognized for developing and implementing patrol rifle program( IPD)
Community service has been a part of Steve MacNeal’s life for over two decades.
WALWORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT 1995-present
Past Vice President (2019)
Past committee Chairperson- Apparel, community, banquet
WALWORTH FIRE DISTRICT 2010-2014
Western Wayne Chamber of Commerce (2019-Present)
Advocate for business owners and community members
Administer community Narcan training in partnership with Wayne County DOH
Mac’s Pizza Shack
Coordinate Mac’s Packs for Kids program
Plan and coordinate Macedon/Walworth National Night Out
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“I’m Chris Creamer, Chief of South Macedon Fire and Rescue and a Macedon resident. I've known Officer Steve MacNeal for the last four years. As sergeant of the Macedon Police Department, Steve has gone out of his way to support the fire department in a variety of ways including numerous training courses. Officer MacNeal has always displayed professionalism and expertise in our interactions. I believe his character, ethical and moral compass, credentials and experience make him an excellent...
“With the many attacks on our Constitution these days, I feel we need a strong advocate to support our community and uphold the values and virtues that are protected by our Constitution. I believe Steve MacNeal will live up to that as Wayne County Sheriff. Steve is a very good friend whom I’ve spent much time with, doing many of the activities we both enjoy. We’re both avid hunters, gun owners and enjoy time on our motorcycles. It’s during these times that Steve and I share ideas and compare...
“I write this letter of Support for Steve MacNeal for the following reasons: Steve MacNeal has always been a hard-working ambitious young man. He has worked hard to support not only the community he lives in, but the people and communities he has worked for. He believes in the good of all. That with hard work and perseverance all good will prevail. Over that last few years, we have talked many times about the political aspect of becoming Sheriff of Wayne County. If you know of anyone who has...
The Niagara University First Responders Disability Awareness Training (FRDAT) program is the home to the nation’s only comprehensive law enforcement disability awareness training. The program is utilized in New York State through the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and is part of the Basic Course for Police Officers whereby all new recruits receive the program. The signature program is the Train the Trainer whereby qualified officers take the two day course and become certified to...
“Dear Fellow Citizens, I am honored to present this letter of support and endorsement for Steve MacNeal, candidate for Wayne County Sheriff. I have known Steve for nearly 20 years, witnessing and admiring his servant leadership, dedication to law and order and unwavering loyalty to the communities he serves. As a civilian, I have had the opportunity to teach many law enforcement personnel in trainings organized by Steve. Increased officer and civilian safety have been the clear objective and...
“In the wake of last year’s political polarization, I’m tired. I’m tired of divisiveness, I’m tired of the name calling, I’m tired of the split judgments based on party lines. I generally stay away from politics for any of the aforementioned reasons. In a recent publication, politics was again living up to its acrimonious nature. But the article brought to my attention something noteworthy, so thank you to the author. The article's intention was to throw doubt on the intentions of the...
My name is Justin Collins and I am writing this letter on behalf of Mr. Steve MacNeal. I have known Mr. MacNeal for over a decade now and personally attest that he is a man of morals and integrity who greatly cares about the men and women of law enforcement as well as the community members they support. I have experienced his unrivaled passion for the men and women of law enforcement and their families through commitment of his time for many local charities. I have witnessed him give...
I am honored to present this letter of support for Steve MacNeal as a candidate for Wayne County Sheriff. Steve has dedicated his life to the profession of law enforcement. He has always been that person who strives to make things better for his family, friends, and his community. Steve is a man of integrity that lives his life as a Servant leader. He has insisted on making a positive impact in everything he is associated with. Steve joined the Canal Connection Business Chamber in...
I have worked closely with Steve for many years within the Walworth Fire Department and I believe Steve has many qualities that will make him an incredible Sherriff. On top of the usual things that a volunteer firefighter does, Steve often takes on more than is expected of him. Service is very important to Steve and he works hard to give back to both the members of the department and our community by heading committees responsible for social functions and community outreach. For example, he's...
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I was born and raised in Walworth, New York. As I child I was always intrigued by fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars. While growing up, I knew my Grandfather was the Undersheriff of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. I knew he wore a suit and tie to work and...
Recognized for life saving efforts of teenage overdose victim -WCSD Recognized for leading platoon in complaints handled, MVAs investigated, arrests made, tickets issued, DWI arrests (#1 in county) for the year 2000.-WCSD Recognized by Macedon Police Sergeant for...