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."

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