FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Cumberland County Sheriff Earl Butler plans to retired at the end of the year.
Butler has a news conference scheduled Thursday morning in Fayetteville.
The 79-year-old sheriff told WRAL-TV in Raleigh ( http://bit.ly/2fFoSZZ ) he felt like it was the right time to leave. Butler says Chief Deputy Ennis Wright will serve the final two years of his term.
Butler has been sheriff since 1994.
The sheriff’s department was fully accredited during his tenure. Butler also lead the effort for a new $52 million jail.
Butler said his last day is Dec. 31.