DENVER (CBS4) – J. Grayson Robinson, the Arapahoe County Sheriff since 2002, announced to his staff early Thursday morning that he will be stepping down as sheriff a full year before the end of his current term.
Robinson has been in law enforcement for 42 years and was serving his third and final term as the sheriff. His retirement will be effective on Jan. 31, 2014. Robinson was term limited and would have had to leave office at the end of his current term in January 2015.
Robinson confirmed his decision to CBS4.
“Leaving elected office prior to the end of my third term has always been an important element of my very deliberate and well-considered succession plan,” said Robinson. “It has been my great honor and distinct privilege to serve our community as their sheriff since 2002.
“The relationship that I am most proud of is the one with the women and men of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office family.”
He told CBS4 he plans to take some time off after leaving office and then decide what his next career move might be.
Robinson will ask the Arapahoe County Commissioners to appoint Undersheriff David Walcher as his replacement. Robinson said Walcher is the only person “with the qualifications, experience, vision and professional capacity to effectively and successfully complete my last term of elected office.”
Robinson succeeded former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan, who retired in 2002.
– Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com