Ronald Winkley is the Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Yearby jpauly
Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year
Ronald Winkley has been chosen by
Town of Lewiston Supervisor and Council as the 2016 Town of Lewiston Citizen of
the Year. Ron has served the Town and Village in several leadership
positions and the community and we are grateful for his willingness to go above
and beyond in all aspects of serving.
Having finished a two month role as Supervisor in 2015 and years of serving as a town councilman and village trustee before that, Ron is now enjoying elected official retirement. Having once seen him in the town and village chambers since 2007, you will now find him spending time tackling his yard, kayaking and preparing for his daughter Amanda's wedding next year along with his wife Laurene and son Brandon.
Ron served as Village of Lewiston Trustee in 2007, and then moved to serve on the Town of Lewiston Council in 2010. Over the past six years as town councilman, with the remaining two months as Supervisor, Ron has worked closely with many community organizations to improve the quality of life for residents. Working with Artpark, Libraries, Sanborn Area Historical Society, Sanborn Business & Professional Association, Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and Town recreation department was a priority while Ron served as Councilman. You could often find him flipping hamburgers or selling pumpkins at events at the Sanborn Museum. His presence at the monthly SBPA meetings was helpful in businesses understanding how the Town was working in the community. Ron also worked with the fire and police departments to make sure communication between the two entities and the town was constant.
Ron first began his criminal justice career by working summers at the Niagara County Jail. He then attended Niagara County Community College, followed by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Niagara University where he earned a Master's Degree in 2003 in Criminal Justice Administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Having spent twenty six years in the police force, Ron is often times still referred to as "Chief". He was instrumental in the consolidation of the Village and Town of Lewiston police departments in 1996. Many students went through his D.A.R.E. program. It was through this program that Ron helped keep many of our youth drug free, while earning their admiration and respect. Ron was involved in the Niagara County WNY Chiefs and also served as a liaison for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy. He retired from the police force in 2007 and that year was also a Village Trustee and started teaching at full time in at Niagara University.
In 2007, Ron was also honored at this event as the Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year recipient. His accolades run long as he was also the Moose of the Year in 1995. The Lewiston Porter United Teachers Association presented him with their "Friend of Education" Award in 1994 and 2004. He was also honored by Buffalo State Collage as an Outstanding Professional in the Criminal Justice Field and Niagara County Community College honored him as a distinguished alumni. Ron also serves on the NCCC Foundation board.
The Town of Lewiston has been fortunate to have Ron serve in his roles as councilman, trustee, public servant, educator and Chief of police. We are happy to join the list of organizations that have recognized Ron. The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce along with the Town of Lewiston Supervisor and Council are proud to honor Ron Winkley as the 2016 Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year.