Sheriff Farley To Retire

Brent Finnegan -- November 12th, 2010

Friday morning, Rockingham County Sheriff Don Farley officially announced his plans to retire from his position at the end of 2011.

“Over the past four terms, I believe the Sheriff’s Office has advanced with the times and has provided a professional service to the area,” Farley said in a prepared statement. “I feel it is time for another person to take the helm and continue leading the office in a positive direction.”

His current term expires December 31, 2011.

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27 Responses to “Sheriff Farley To Retire”

  1. Christa says:

    I think I called this a year ago.

  2. republitarian says:

    A year and a half ago, I did a post about how Don may not serve out his term in order to appoint C.M.Hess as his replacement so Hess could run as the incumbent.

    Well, Don said that what I posted was completely false and that that was not going to happen…..

    I’ve also heard from several sources that this retirement is partly to make an “issue” go away….

    • Dave Briggman says:

      I don’t believe Farley can appoint a replacement. I believe the Circuit Court may, however, I think the better bet is that a special election will be called.

  3. Dave Briggman says:

    I think this statute controls what happen after he resigns/retires:

    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+24.2-226

    • cook says:

      Next page over, Dave. Section 24.2-228.1 was enacted in 2000 specifically for constitutional officers. That section requires a special election “propmtly” after the retirement.

      • Excellent, thanks Aaron…at least we won’t get an appointed one…

        Wait a minute…wasn’t there an appointed Sheriff in Page, after Presgraves was taken out, like when Jeff was appointed Treasurer after Beck Neal was removed?

  4. cook says:

    The final sentence of the post above should be corrected to state: “His current term expires December 31, 2011.”

  5. republitarian says:

    After reading the DNR’s corrected story, I am glad to see that Don didn’t make us have a special election and will serve out his term.

  6. John Elledge says:

    But it appears the GOP fix is in for the party’s nominee to replace him as the lemmings pour over the courthouse steps this morning.

  7. Emmy says:

    I like Don and I’m sorry to see him go. I was one of those people at the courthouse this morning to support Kurt Boshart. I may be a flaming liberal, but Kurt is a good man and he will make a great Sheriff.

    • Ross says:

      Boshart already has signs just three days after Farley announces he will step down? Hmmm

      • Emmy says:

        Do you find that odd? I would suspect he knew before the formal announcement was made by Farley. I think anyone who has lived here for any length of time knew that he would run as soon as Farley retired. It’s no great shock to most people.

        • Emmy says:

          Not to mention simple black and white signs don’t require a lot of effort, especially when the person who does all the Republican signs in the area owns his own sign company.

        • Brooke says:

          I wasn’t surprised, either, Emmy. It made perfect sense to me.

    • When I saw some of the pics from the courthouse announcement, I was amazed at how many of the local Republican officeholders were on the steps with Lt. Boshart: Obenshain, Garst, Evans-Haywood, Barb, Mendez, Coffman, and (I think, but her head was turned in all the photos) Wilson. Looks like he has his party’s nomination pretty well in hand!

  8. Emmy says:

    Good grief, it’s not THAT big of an announcement. I really hope I just missed the sarcasm in your typing.

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