Botetourt Sheriff Ronald “Ronnie” Sprinkle has decided not to run for re-election for the first time in decades.
He has served as sheriff for the county for 20 years and in law enforcement for 35.
Sprinkle was first elected sheriff in 1999 and re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015.
The next election for sheriff is in November of 2019.
Sprinkle told WFXR Friday that he will not be throwing his hat in the race this time for one reason:
“It’s just time for me to retire,” he said and explained nothing really precipitated his decision other than the time is right.
He said it is a decision he has thought about over the last three years and made the decision about a month ago.
“I’m leaving the sheriff’s department a little bit better than I found it,” he said when asked about his legacy at the department.
“I hope my successor will also leave it better than they found it.”
With the time he has left, he said he will continue to keep the people of Botetourt County safe.
“I couldn’t be here without the people of Botetourt,” he said.
“I appreciate their confidence in me to do this job. My hats off to them. My family and I appreciate everything they’ve done for us over the years.”
He will continue as sheriff until January 1, 2020.