BRIEF: High-ranking deputy in Mason County Sheriff's Office retires
BELFAIR, Feb 02, 2013 (Menafn - Kitsap Sun - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Dean Byrd, chief deputy of special operations with Mason County Sheriff's Office, will retire due to a medical condition that disqualifies him from serving in law enforcement. His last day was Friday.
Byrd, 62, was fourth in the chain of command at the Mason County Sheriff's Office.
Byrd did not disclose the nature of his condition but indicated it was not disabling. He said the condition came up unexpectedly.
Byrd served with the department from 1973 through 1987, when he took a position with the Washington State Gambling Commission. He earned several promotions within the commission before returning to the Mason County Sheriff's Office in 1998. He was promoted from deputy to detective, then to investigator before landing his current position in 2008.
Although Byrd had not planned to retire, he is making the best of the situation and plans do to volunteer work, among other pursuits.
"It's not all bad," Byrd said. "Life is not over just because the sheriff's office and I are parting company."
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