DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris broke the news to his staff before making it public at a press conference Thursday: He will not seek a fourth term as sheriff.
“I’ll be here another 18 months,” he said, as he finishes out his term in office.
Harris explained he’d had back surgery a couple of years ago at a spine center in Tampa, and doctors had recommended returning in six months for another surgery.
He didn’t have the second surgery, he said, and recently his back problems have gotten worse. He needs surgery again, and he said he expects doctors to recommend a return as they did last time.
He said he didn’t want the medical condition to interfere with his ability to be on the job.
Harris was first elected in 2006. He had worked at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years prior to that.
“It is my singular honor to serve the citizens of DeKalb County,” Harris said. “While much has been accomplished by our deputies, clerks and corrections officers, much more remains to be done.
“I cannot thank each and every deputy, clerk and corrections officer enough,” he said. “They have made this job a joy.”
Harris said he looks forward to completing his term of office, and said he would be working hard till January 2019.
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