James L. Campbell

Albany County Sheriff, James Campbell, announced yesterday he is retiring from his post that he’s held since 1989.   Campbell, now 71-years old, has served six terms.   In that time, he created a county-wide drug unit, a search and rescue team and a permanent substation at the Albany International Airport.  A former state trooper, he is the county's longest-tenured sheriff.Most people don't realize, but with Albany County being such a large county, Campbell oversees 110 deputies and investigators, nearly 400 correction officers, and dozens of paramedics. 

With Campbell’s last day planned for June 23, Governor Cuomo will have to appoint an interim sheriff.  Campbell's four-year term was scheduled to run until December 2013.  No word yet on whether there will be a special election or not. 

According to the Times Union, Campbell stated, " I'm 71 years old and it's time.  I'm taking a new step in my life with my wife."

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