Graber said health issues and his age factored into his decision to step down before his third term ended."/>
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Graber to step down from sheriff’s post

By Staff | Nov 4, 2009

Robert Graber has worn the uniform of Pierce County Sheriff for nearly 11 years.

The 65-year-old will give up the reins later this year. Graber last month tendered his resignation, effective Dec. 31.

“It’s time,’ said Graber, who has 31 years of law enforcement experienced. “I’ve spent a lot of time dedicated to public service.”

Graber said health issues and his age factored into his decision to step down before his third term ended.

The timing of his decision was to allow the Pierce County Commission sufficient time to appoint a qualified replacement to fill the remaining year of his term. The commission is expected to announce a replacement in the coming weeks. The sheriff’s office will be up for election next year.

Graber was first elected in 1998, defeating then incumbent Virgil Lemar. He won re-election in 2002 and 2006, both times challenged by Kelly Keller, former deputy sheriff.

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