NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Sheriff Sid Causey will officially retire in a few days, ending nearly 40 years of wearing a badge.
"Funny part about me I never intended to be in law enforcement, even when I took the first job," said Causey. "I certainly never wanted to be sheriff."
His tenure as sheriff had some rough spots, but Causey is leaving with his head held high at the job he's done.
"In all very satisfying, very proud just a feeling of accomplishing something in your life," said Causey.
Chief Deputy Ed McMahon will take over the department, and Causey is confident in his successor.
"He's a good man, his intentions are good," said Causey. "He's not vindictive, he wants to serve the public."
His staff members agree.
"When you've had a great leader it's hard when you lose them," said Toni Shields. "The good side of that is that we know we have another fine leader following him."
"I think I ended where I was supposed to be and I think, I'm leaving when I'm supposed to leave," said Causey.
For Causey, retirement doesn't mean sitting still. After a road trip, he plans to open a small investigative consulting business where he can continue to serve the public.
Sheriff Causey will sign Chief McMahon as acting sheriff Monday, June 29. McMahon will officially be sworn in as the next New Hanover County Sheriff July 1.
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