- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Longtime Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says he plans to step down by the end of this year.

The 79-year-old Dupnik has served as the county’s sheriff since 1980, winning re-election easily every four years since then.

His office announced Friday that Dupnik will retire by Jan. 1, 2016.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, (https://bit.ly/1uJMzS3 ), Dupnik says he didn’t want to be one of those politicians who stay in office well beyond when they should be “put out to pasture.”

Dupnik says he wants the county Board of Supervisors to appoint Chief Deputy Chris Nanos as his successor.

Dupnik was appointed sheriff in February 1980 to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of his predecessor, Richard Boykin.

He was elected sheriff in September 1980.

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