Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry has announced he will not run for a fourth term as sheriff.
Sheriff Curry told his staff and employees about his decision on Wednesday, according to a release from the sheriff's office published Thursday, Oct. 10.
Curry said in a statement he decided not to seek re-election "after many months of thoughtful and prayerful consideration."
The sheriff says he will serve out the remaining 15 months of his term, which ends in January 2015. He says there's still much work to be done to protect the citizens and visitors of Shelby County.
"A large part of being a leader is knowing when to move on and allow others the opportunity to fill the role with fresh ideas and energy," Sheriff Curry said in the release.
"The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is full of highly competent and capable individuals who will do an extraordinary job and maintain the high standards we have established throughout the years. I firmly believe in what we do and how we do it, but it is time I step aside and allow someone else the honor of leading the agency into the future," he added.
When Sheriff Curry leaves office, he will have served in Shelby County for 35 years. He expressed thanks to the residents of Shelby County for allowing him to serve for nearly 33 years so far.
"I cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people of Shelby County who have extended their trust, confidence, support and friendship for the ten years I served as a volunteer deputy sheriff and the almost twenty-three years as a full-time servant. What a blessing it has been for me and my family," Sheriff Curry said.
Curry says after retiring from the sheriff's office, he hopes to spend time with his family and grandchildren.
The full statement is available on the Shelby County Sheriff's Office website.
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