Sheriff Boyer will not seek fifth term

PORT ORCHARD — Citing health reasons, Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer announced Feb. 12 he will not seek a fifth term.

Boyer's position is one of eight Kitsap County positions on the November 2014 ballot. The others are county commissioner for District 3, assessor, auditor, clerk, coroner, prosecuting attorney, and treasurer. Boyer's term ends Dec. 31.

“It has been a distinct pleasure to work with so many outstanding professionals dedicated to the public’s safety,” Boyer stated in a press release issued by his office.

“Leading our team of patrol deputies, detectives, corrections officers, support services specialists and volunteers has been a personal and professional honor. Together we have accomplished exceptional results. The citizens have every right to be very proud of their award-winning sheriff’s office, which is dedicated to our community’s peace and safety.”

Boyer did not disclose his health concerns, but said medical professionals "ruled out any serious issues affecting my well being."

He said, “While another term as sheriff would be possible, this has prompted me to reflect on the future and consider some new adventures. Although this may slow me down a bit, I consider it yet another challenge.”

Boyer said he will complete his term and is "exploring some interesting upcoming public and private opportunities."

Boyer's law-enforcement career has spanned more than 42 years, with the past 15 as sheriff. He retired from Washington State Patrol after 27 years of service, and was elected sheriff in 1998.

In the press release, Boyer thanked his "high school sweetheart and spouse," Judi, and his family, for their love and support during his service as sheriff.


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