PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher says he plans to retire following the completion of his current term in December 2020.
Mascher made the announcement Tuesday during a staff meeting and sent an email to employees about his retirement decision.
He has been with the sheriff's office for more than 35 years starting as a volunteer reserve deputy in 1983, becoming a full-time deputy in 1986 and working every rank over that time.
Mascher currently is serving his second full term as sheriff and says he has a full workload over the next 13 months.
In a statement, Mascher said he's "ready to pass the torch as I move into private life and explore other opportunities following my retirement next year."