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Chisago County sheriff retires, citing health reasons

Sheriff Rick Duncan had intended to run for re-election this November.

The sheriff of Chisago County, Minnesota has announced he'll be retiring "on the advice of doctors" after a 2nd surgery in as many months.

Sheriff Rick Duncan confirmed he is abandoning his re-election campaign in a note to supporters on Facebook, as well as a letter sent to county commissioners.

"The physical and emotional stress of 30 years in law enforcement and the position of Sheriff has taken its toll," he wrote. "After much serious thought, discussion, and on the advice of doctors, I will not be seeking reelection, and I am herby announcing my retirement."

"I have full confidence in the leadership of the Sheriff’s Office and feel it is not fair to have them continue without a leader who is present and active," he added.


– 24 hours in Chisago County, as tweeted by local cops.

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KSTP reports that Duncan had recently been the subject of a complaint that was investigated by the county.

However, the nature of the complaint was not revealed, and while the investigation into it was wrapped up, the final results have not yet been released.

The county will meet this coming week to discuss an interim replacement ahead of November's elections, though Duncan has given his support to Chief Deputy Brandon Thyen.

Duncan was elected sheriff in 2010, after serving more than 20 years with the Minneapolis police department, the Forest Lake Area Lowdown reported.

"I want to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to the citizens of Chisago County, and my current and past supporters for their time, dedication and support throughout the years," Duncan said.

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