WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County Sheriff Mike Humphreys said today he will not seek re-election and intends to retire at the end of this year.
Humphreys said in a release that after 37 years in law enforcement "it is just time to retire...I have other things to do with my life."
The announcement opens up the race for the Sheriff's Office, which has been held by Humphreys for 13 years since his appointment to replace Sheriff Bill Jackson, who resigned in 1997. He was subsequently elected to three successive terms, each time running as a Republican Party candidate.
Humphreys began his law enforcement career in 1973 as a reserve officer with the Spokane Police Department and in 1976 joined the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office. He served as a patrol deputy, marine deputy, undercover narcotics, detective, sergeant, polygraph examiner and then as captain in charge of patrol and investigations.
"I feel very fortunate to have served so long for an outstanding county and for citizens that truly care for and support their law enforcement personnel," Humphreys said in the release. "I will no doubt be missing the great people I have worked with, but also the work that has to be done daily on a schedule of 24/7 to some degree."
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