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Retired Walla Walla County Sheriff Dies from Medical Issue

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Retired Sheriff J. Michael Humphreys Retired Sheriff J. Michael Humphreys

WALLA WALLA, WA - The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office says retired Sheriff J. Michael Humphreys died from a medical problem in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday. 

Humphreys retired on December 31st 2010, after serving 13 years as the Sheriff of Walla Walla County. 

He started his law enforcement career in 1973 as a Reserve Police Officer with the Spokane Police Department, graduating from the first reserve academy held for the agency.

In 1976 he became a Deputy Sheriff with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office. He worked through the ranks working Patrol, as Detective including undercover narcotics investigations, as a Sergeant, and as a Captain before he was appointed to the position of Sheriff in January of 1998, and was subsequently elected to the position that same fall. 

Retired Sheriff Humphreys was a 1989 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 1999 graduate of the National Sheriff's Institute. He was a certified polygraphist since 1995. He has attended Spokane Falls Community College and Walla Walla Community College.

In 1989, Sheriff Humphreys became a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC). He also held memberships in the Washington State Sheriffs Association, the Western States Sheriffs Association, the National Sheriffs Association, and the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association.

He served on the Washington State Forensics Investigation Council for 6 years.  "March 17th was a very difficult day for the members of this Sheriff's Office. There were many tears; Mike was loved and will be missed by many." said current Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner.

"The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office sends our deepest respect, sympathies, and condolences to Sheriff Humphrey's family and loved ones. They are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time."