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HURRICANE, Washington County — After 35 years at the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Cory Pulsipher announced Monday he will retire.
Pulsipher has been battling "serious health issues" over the past 15 months. He will retire on Dec. 1 after serving three terms as sheriff, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
"It has been a great privilege to serve three terms as the elected Sheriff. Likewise, it is a privilege to have known each of you. Every one of you have contributed to our successes and growth as an agency," Pulsipher said in the release.
Current Washington County Undersheriff James Standley will also retire when Pulsipher leaves the position, the sheriff's office said.
"He has been a stellar undersheriff and a compassionate friend," Pulsipher said.
Since Standley is also retiring, current Chief Deputy Nate Brooksby will be appointed immediately to the position of undersheriff so he can be briefed on the office's 2022 budget and other projects, Pulsipher said.
Pulsipher thanked his colleagues and friends for offering their support during his career at the sheriff's office.
"I thank each and every one of you again for your continued support and friendship. It has been a great support to me during some of the most difficult times of my life," he said. "I have so many memories with each of you that I will always cherish. As I pass the torch, I feel confident that each of you will continue to exhibit the ethics, integrity and personal relationships that makes law enforcement and public service a family."