Martin County sheriff to retire at end of August

Martin County Sheriff Dan Gibbs (Photo courtesy of Dan Gibbs)

WILLIAMSTON, Martin County - After more than a decade in office, Martin County Sheriff Dan Gibbs announced Sunday he would retire from his position at the end of August.

Martin did not say why he was choosing to retire with more than a year left in his third full term, only saying in a press release that he feels the department is being left in better shape than when he took it on.

"My decision to retire has not been easy," Gibbs wrote. "I ultimately believe the Martin County Sheriff's Office has reached its highest level of professionalism, transparency, and responsiveness to date.It is an exemplary organization, recognized for achievement and professionalism, as well as personal care and compassion, integrity and honor. We have become an office of the people, by the people and for the people. For that, I could not be prouder.

"I have reached my ultimate goals for the Sheriff's Office, and now it's time for me to step back and enjoy the next chapter of my life."

The Swan Quarter native has served with MCSO in various capacities since 1984. Gibbs, a Democrat, was last elected in 2014, defeating former MCSO deputy Michael Rogers, who ran as a Republican.

The Martin County Board of Commissioners will be tasked with naming an interim sheriff to fill out the remainder of Gibbs' term. The next election is set for November 2018.

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