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Yakima County Sheriff Announces Plan to Retire

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After leading the Yakima County Sheriff's Office for more than a decade, Sheriff Ken Irwin said he plans to retire at the end of the year. After leading the Yakima County Sheriff's Office for more than a decade, Sheriff Ken Irwin said he plans to retire at the end of the year.

YAKIMA, WA - After leading the Yakima County Sheriff's Office for more than a decade, Sheriff Ken Irwin said he plans to retire at the end of the year.

This isn't a spur of the moment decision for Sheriff Irwin, he said he knew his last election would probably be the final one.

By the end of the year, Irwin will have spent 42 years working in law enforcement, 14 of those as Sheriff of Yakima County.

Irwin said he's proud of many accomplishments, including putting together the Violent Crimes Task Force and creating a citizen patrol program. But the sheriff said he looks forward to writing and having more time to himself in retirement.

"I knew after my last election that this would probably be it," said Sheriff Irwin. "I'll be two months short of 65, and at some point you got to say I'm going to take off the badge and gun and do something else."

But he's not taking the badge off quite yet. The sheriff said in 2014 one of his main priorities is to fix radio frequency issues. He said he also plans to mentor senior officers to prepare them for future leadership positions.

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