Veteran sheriff calls it quits due to recent health concerns

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Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer announces retirement

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – A long-serving local sheriff says he won’t be seeking a fifth term in office due to health concerns.

Steve Boyer has served as Kitsap County sheriff for the past 15 years.  His entire career in law enforcement spans more than 42 years.

“It has been a distinct pleasure to work with so many outstanding professionals dedicated to the public’s safety,” Boyer said in a statement released Wednesday.

While Boyer cited recent health concerns as the reason, he did not specify what those concerns are.

“Fortunately, medical professionals have ruled out any serious issues affecting my well-being,” said Boyer. “While another term as sheriff would be possible, this has prompted me to reflect on the future and consider some new adventures.”

Boyer said he would serve out the remainder of his term and help with a transition to a new sheriff.

Boyer said he is exploring “public and private” opportunities for his future though he said the unspecified medical issues might play a role.

“Although this may slow me down a bit, I consider it yet another challenge,” said Boyer.

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