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Downum To Retire

San Andreas, CA — Calaveras County Sheriff Dennis Downum will not seek re-election.

Downum says he loves the job and will miss his staff, but the time is right to step aside.

“The budget cuts and trying to keep the jail project on track have been very overwhelming,” says Downum. “I’m tired of the fight for every dollar and every position.”

Downum says he is making the announcement now so that potential candidates have time to enter the race.

“I just can’t keep up the pace anymore,” he says. “We need somebody with more energy.”

The only candidate in the race for Sheriff is former Lt. Gary Kuntz, who Downum indicates he does not plan to endorse.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.