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Tue, July 07

Sheriff Richards bids farewell to the residents he has served<br>

We now have a new law enforcement facility co-located with the Flagstaff Police Department that features advanced technology in communications, records, computerized information systems, and a new county Jail with an inmate population averaging 450 inmates. We have come a long way and I’m proud of the leadership role I’ve had in the process.

I have been privileged to head an organization of the finest men and women who provide professional law enforcement service to the people of Coconino County. I am forever grateful for the friendship and support from citizens of all walks of life. I have had the opportunity to learn and share in the rich culture of our native people and to share special occasions with them.

After a great deal of thought and prayer and the urging of my wife and family, I have decided not to seek another term as your sheriff. It’s time to prepare to spend time with my family and pursue other interests.

My Chief Deputy, Bill Pribil, who has been a friend and co-worker for more than 29 years, has announced his intention to run for sheriff and I am pleased to endorse him. Bill is well qualified to run for the office. He is a man of absolute integrity and will carry on the tradition of serving our citizens with professional law enforcement services.

In addition to his years of first-hand experience with the department, Bill brings outstanding credentials which include a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and many certificates of law enforcement training.

I have found him to be a trustworthy friend and a very competent administrator. I support Bill in his campaign and I strongly recommend him to you as “the best choice” to become the next Sheriff of Coconino County.

Again, I am grateful to the Lord for His guidance and protection, and for the friendship and support you’ve shown me as your sheriff. God bless you.

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