- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MANATEE — Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election and will instead retire at the end of his current term.

Steube, sheriff since April 2007, said he will retire when his term ends in January 2017.

Bradenton Police Michael Radzilowski said it was the county’s loss.

“He is certainly a dedicated person to law enforcement with his desire to keep the county safe,” Radzilowski said. “The city will certainly miss him, as will the county.”

Radzilowski also announced his retirement earlier this year. His retirement will be effective this December.

“I’m glad he is following in my footsteps because after you have been in this business for as many years as we have, you need to stop and smell the roses,” Radzilowski said. “I’m glad he will have more time to enjoy with his wife, his children and grandchildren.”

Radzilowski said the sheriff has always been honest and trustworthy.

“There’s nothing fake about him,” he said.

Steube began his career in law enforcement in 1976 with the Longboat Key Police Department. He later joined the sheriff’s office as a deputy in 1978.

Throughout his career at the sheriff’s office, Steube has worked in patrol, special investigations and the SWAT team.

Steube become second in command under former Sheriff Charlie Wells in 2004. He held that position until Wells’ retirement in April 2007, when Gov. Charlie Crist appointed him to the postion.

Steube later when on to win the 2008 and 2012 elections to remain in the position.

In February, Steube appointed former Palmetto Police Chief Rick Wells as his second in command. he is the son of former Sheriff Wells.

The position of chief deputy had been vacant since January 2013 when Col. Chuck Hagaman retired.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-0745-7049. You can follow her on [email protected]


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