Just as election campaigns are kicking off, Gila County’s three-term sheriff has announced he will not run again for office.
John Armer told the Roundup Tuesday he planned to retire at the end of his term, ending a 12-year run as Gila County’s sheriff.
A day earlier, former county deputy sheriff Darrell Stubbs announced he would run for county sheriff.
Several other people are expected to run. Armer said after 43 years in law enforcement, he is ready to retire and spend time with family.
Armer said he would miss working with the county’s 56 deputies and 65 detention officers.
“I am proud of the people we have working for the sheriff’s office,” he said. “They are not always held in the highest of regard until they are needed.”
Read more in Tuesday's Roundup.