Sheriff Merritt retires early

Sheriff Merritt retires early

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt made a surprise announcement last week that he would be retiring from Orange County six months early. Merritt’s third elected term as Sheriff ends on December 31, 2020. Merritt plans to retire on June 30, 2020.

A long time law enforcement icon of Orange County is hanging up his badge and his gun in exchange for the pleasures of fishing, flying and his wife’s “honey-do” list.

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt has served Orange County as a peace officer for forty-one years. On June 30, 2020, Sheriff Merritt will retire from Orange County and law enforcement.

“I hereby announce my retirement as your Sheriff, effective June 30, 2020,” said Sheriff Merritt in a letter to the Orange County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday June 10 th . “As I have previously stated, it was my intention to finish out my third four-year-term (as Sheriff) which ends on December 31, 2020, but I strongly feel… and my heart is telling me, it is time for me to end my law enforcement career and retire. This is not an easy decision for me or my family to make and I have put much thought and prayer into making this decision. I believe leaving early is in the best interest of the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Orange County.”

 

 

 

 

 

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