Two Long-time Sheriffs to Retire in 2015

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By Ashley Thompson

Two long-time sheriff's announced this year they will not be seeking re-election in 2014.

Montgomery County Sheriff D.T .Marshall made his announcement back in July and today, Autauga County Sheriff Herbie Johnson says he won't be seeking another term either.

D.T. Marshall was elected Montgomery County sheriff in 1998. He's served four terms and says he believes that's long enough. Marshall has endorsed Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham to be the next sheriff.

"I really didn't want to leave," says Marshall. "I explained two, three times that four terms is really enough for any elected official to stay in one office in my opinion."

Autauga County Sheriff Herbie Johnson has served longer than four terms.

He was first elected Sheriff in 1991 and is currently in his 6th term. Johnson tells us he's ready to settle down and says he'd like to spend more time with his grandchildren.

"I'm going to walk them to school in the morning, walk them home in the afternoon," he says.

Residents of Autauga County tell us they're sad to see him go.

"Well I'm sorry to hear that because I think he's doing a wonderful job," says resident Don Headley.

Others say they understand part of his reasoning.

"I understand that he wants to spend time with his grandchildren," says resident Linda Headley. "You reach a point in time when you realize that you just want to go home and do the things you want to do."

"Everybody wants me to run again," says Johnson.

But he's not running again. Instead, he's endorsing Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger in 2014. Sedinger has been Chief Deputy for four years and says he'd like to run the Sheriff's Office the same way Johnson does.

"I just feel like I am the right man," Sedinger explains. "I've been here for 20 years. I've worked for the Sheriff 20 years. I know how it operates."

Both Sheriff's will end their careers in 2015, so they still have over a year left to serve.

 

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