Monroe County Sheriff to retire after 16 years

MONROE, MI (Toledo News Now) – Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield announced he will not seek a fifth term as sheriff Friday.

In a statement Crutchfield said the decision to retire was a difficult one.  Crutchfield says he made the decision now in order to give plenty of time for other candidates to make the decision to run.

"I wish all of the candidates the very best and pray the voters will make their selection carefully," Crutchfield said in a statement.

The new sheriff will be elected on November 6 and take office on January 1, 2013.  Crutchfield says he plans to invite the sheriff elect into the department before January 1 in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Click here to read the sheriff's statement in its entirety.

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