Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke will not seek re-election

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke has announced he would not run for re-election because he is retiring.

The election for the new 4-year term will be held in November of 2016 with the new sheriff taking office in January of 2017.

This is the note he posted to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office Facebook page:

The Office of Sheriff runs for a 4-year term. This current term will end in 2016. The election for the new 4-year term will be held in November of 2016 with the new sheriff taking Office in January of 2017.

I have not made an official announcement as to my intentions since the election is two years away. I have told some of my employees and people who ask that I will not be seeking Office after the end of this term. This was in the event that some from the Office may want to consider running for the position and begin preparing for their campaign.

Yesterday, an employee did announce his candidacy and stated in his announcement that I would not be seeking office; therefore, I am officially announcing that I will not be seeking re-election for the 2017 term.

In short, I started my career in 1975. I have been sheriff for 7 terms and two months. I was appointed Sheriff in November of 1988 when Sheriff Bruns retired prior to my taking elected Office in January of 1989.

It has been quite an experience and an honor to hold this Office. I “greatly” appreciate the support that the deputies and I have received from our citizens over the years; however, it is time for some new ideas and perspectives. I will elaborate a little more about my retirement toward the end of 2016.

Again, I thank everyone for your support and look forward to serving my remaining two years.

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