Sheriff in Chisago County Retires

April 27, 2018 10:16 PM

The sheriff in Chisago County has announced his retirement.

Rick Duncan, who announced in March on his Facebook page that he was seeking reelection in 2018, cited medical reasons for his departure.

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The Chisago County Attorney's Office confirmed his retirement letter was submitted to the county board of commissioners Thursday and Duncan will step down May 4.

"This was an extremely difficult decision for me, but feel that this is the right decision for both myself, and the county as a whole," he wrote in the letter.

According to the county attorney's office, Duncan, who was first elected in 2010, was under investigation following a complaint. That investigation is completed and closed. However, the results have not yet been released at this time.

The county attorney's office could not comment on the nature of the investigation.

"I just had surgery yesterday and found out that I could be out of the office for another two months," Duncan told KSTP. "During this important transition time with our new public safety center, it is not fair to the county to not have an active leader in place. This is the third surgery on this foot, I'm not physically able to run again and with 30 years of law enforcement, I'm ready for a new chapter in my life."

The Chisago County Board of Commissioners will meet May 2 to discuss a replacement for the remainder of the sheriff's term. 

Two other candidates previously indicated they will run for position in November.

This is a breaking news story. KSTP is working to get more details on this story and will post updates as more information becomes available.

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