WHITE CO., Ill. (WFIE) - On Tuesday, White County Sheriff Doug Maier announced on Facebook he will be retiring on March 1.
In the social media post, Sheriff Maier says it’s been an honor to serve the people of White County for the past 39 years, serving as a deputy for 21 years and as the sheriff for the last 18 years.
14 News sat down with him on Wednesday.
Sheriff Maier said that since Illinois is working on passing new laws involving law enforcement, he feels like it will make a difficult job even harder, so he has decided to retire and spend more time with his family.
Maier says the favorite part of the job is being able to make a difference in the community. He says he will miss all the people he works with.
“We have had a lot of pretty major cases here, probably the thing I am most proud of and always will be is the respect my department has shown,” Sheriff Maier said. “I think we truly have made a difference to the people of White County, and that is what I am the most proud of.”
He goes on to say that he hopes to enjoy retirement and spend more time with his wife, children and granddaughter.
Sgt. Randy Graves will take over as the new sheriff on February 28.