After four terms as sheriff of Bulloch County and more than 30 years with the Sheriff’s Office, Lynn Anderson told the Statesboro Herald Wednesday he would not seek another term and is retiring.
He told the Herald he looks forward to spending time with family after serving more than three decades with the sheriff’s office, including four terms as Bulloch County’s sheriff.
His last day in office will be Dec. 31, 2016.
“After 36 years with the sheriff's office I have decided to retire,” he said in a letter delivered personally to the Statesboro Herald. “The honor of serving as your sheriff the last 16 years has been the highlight of my law enforcement career.”
Second only to former sheriff Arnold Ray Akins, who was sheriff before Anderson was elected in 2000 and retired after 24 years, Anderson has been in office longer than any of the other 56 men who held the office since 1798.
“I would like to thank the citizens of Bulloch County for the confidence they have shown in me during these last 16 years and allowing me to be the second longest serving sheriff of Bulloch County,” he said. “I would also like to thank my family for standing behind me and supporting me in my years as your sheriff. The countless hours and days not being home, I feel sure, was as hard for them as it was for me.”
Anderson said law enforcement isn’t the same as it was when he first took office, much less as when he first began working as a deputy under former sheriff Akins. The county’s growth, as well as changes in crime and more aggressive crime suppression, has made a difference he said.
“I have seen many changes in law enforcement over the years, but one thing that has not changed is the commitment of the people I work with,” he said. “Your sheriff's office has the most professional and dedicated men and women you will find at any sheriff’s office anywhere. Over the past 16 years I have had two chief deputies - Gene McDaniel and currently, Jared Akins,” Anderson said in the letter. “They have been my right hand during my time as sheriff, running the day to day operations of the sheriff's office. I would like to thank them for their dedicated service to Bulloch County and to me.
“Last, but certainly not least, thank you to my very loyal and dedicated secretary Sheryl Hagan, who as she says, has trained three sheriffs in her 43 years of service at the sheriff’s office.”
Anderson reminisced about his years with the sheriff’s department, but also spoke of valued time with his family.
“This will be a change for me and my family, but one I look forward to.” To the citizens of Bulloch County, he expressed gratitude. “Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your sheriff.”
A successor to Anderson will be elected May 24, according to Pat Lanier-Jones, Bulloch County’s election supervisor.
Qualifying for that position will begin March 7.
A list of Bulloch County’s former sheriffs may be viewed online at www.bullochsheriff.com/information/history-of-bcsd/.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.