LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps led the Pledge of Allegiance at Wednesday’s Livingston County Board of Supervisors meeting as part of Operation Continuous Service, which honors county employees who have also served in the military.
According to a Facebook post by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Board honored Deputy Clark Young on Wednesday, and selected the Sheriff’s Office to honor a veteran at every Board meeting in 2016.
“Congratulations Deputy Young and thank you for your military service to our great Country and your service as a Deputy Sheriff to our local residents,” posted the Sheriff’s Office.
The following biography was read aloud prior to Young leading the Pledge of Allegiance:
“Clark M. Young, Jr., was born in Gloversville, NY, graduating from Johnstown High School in June 1962. Following graduation from high school, Clark enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August 1962. Upon completion of basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, Clark Young served in Marine Air Wings in the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions and was promoted through the ranks to Sergeant (E-5). For his service in the Marine Corps, Sergeant Young was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, two awards of the Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps following four years, two months service in October 1966, Clark Young used the skills he learned in the Marine Air Wing in which he served as an employee of Mohawk Airlines from September 1967 to August 1970. At the same time he was employed by Mohawk Airlines, Clark served as a part-time Deputy Sheriff with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol. In August 1970, he took a position with the New York State Division of Parks and Recreation in Navigation and Snowmobile Enforcement, serving there until September 1972 when he was hired as a full-time Deputy Sheriff by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
In January 1974, Deputy Young was promoted to Road Patrol Sergeant where he served 15 years as a first-line patrol supervisor. In December 1989, Clark Young was appointed Road Patrol Major, in charge of patrol services, fleet equipment, training and scheduling of uniform Deputy Sheriffs. In 1998, Major Young was awarded the Carl Draxler Award, given by the New York State Sheriff’s Association for his exemplary service to the people of Livingston County and State of New York. Major Young retired from his full-time responsibilities in July 1999 and the very next day signed on as a Deputy Sheriff part-time where he continues to serve on the Marine Patrol and Court Security Unit. In 2001 and 2004, Clark Young was awarded Sheriff’s Office Achievement Ribbons in recognition of outstanding service.
Clark resides with his wife Jane in Livonia. Clark and Jane are the proud parents of three adult sons and proud grandparents of five grandchildren.”
The Livingston County Board of Supervisors meets at every second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Assembly Room at Livingston County Government Center, except when such days fall on a holiday, in which case the meeting shall be held on the day following. In the months of November and December, the meeting shall be held on the Wednesday preceding Thanksgiving and Christmas week.
The meetings are open to the public.