Long-Time Sheriff's Deputy Calling It Quits

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After 26 years in uniform, Gila County Undersheriff Harry Cain is turning in his badge.

Cain begins his retirement Aug. 6.
"He just wanted to go on to something else," said Sheriff Joe Rodriguez. "He said he was burned out.".

Out of uniform doesn't mean out of service, however. Cain has taken a full-time job with Payson Concrete as a quality control technician.

As he uses up his vacation time and sick leave, Cain is staying on as a consultant for the sheriff's department, tying up loose ends.

"I've put in for a bunch of grants, and have gotten some projects put in place," Cain said.

Cain said there was no one factor that drove his decision to leave the department -- it was just time.

"After 26 years, I'd had enough," Cain said. "I've been on that wheel enough, going around and around."

Rodriguez said the county will wait until August to find a replacement for Cain.

"We're going to be reorganizing, maybe doing things a little different," he said. "We're looking at different options.

"We're sorry to see him go, though. Harry certainly did a good job for us."

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