Alexandria sheriff retiring after nearly 45 years in law enforcement

The Alexandria Sheriff is retiring after nearly 45 years in law enforcement.

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Sheriff Dana Lawhorne says he plans on wrapping up his career when his term expires at the end of this year.

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Lawhorne – an Alexandria native – has been the sheriff since 2006, after serving in the Alexandria police department for 27 years.

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The 63-year-old is now in his fourth term as sheriff.

Lawhorne provided a statement regarding his retirement:

Following 43 years of public service, I have decided to retire at the end of this year when my current term expires. This is a difficult decision because it is hard to leave a job that you love and are still passionate about. I have known since I was 14 years old that this is what I wanted to do, and there was not one day where I wasn’t grateful to have this opportunity to serve my city. I am fortunate to have accomplished everything I wanted to and while I remain committed to being an active member of this community, I believe the time is right to announce my retirement plans.

He says serving as sheriff was the highlight of his career in law enforcement.