ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - After 42 years in law enforcement, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson is retiring next month.
Robinson sent a letter to the Arapahoe County Commissions Thursday that said he plans to retire on January 31, 2014.
Robinson said he has always planned to leave the elected office before the end of his third term in order to implement what he called "my very deliberate and well-considered succession plan."
In his letter, Robinson said he wants the commissioners to replace him with David C. Walcher.
"There is only one person with the qualifications, experience, vision and professional capacity to effectively and successfully complete my last term of elected office, and that person is Undersheriff David C. Walcher," Robinson wrote.
Walcher started his career at the FBI's Denver bureau, then he served 21 years in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office before moving to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office in 2009, according to the Villager newspaper.
Robinson was term limited and would not be able to run for a fourth term.
Robinson wrote, "It has been my great honor and distinct privilege to serve our community as their Sheriff, since 2002."