By News-Register staff • 

Polk County Sheriff announces retirement

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe


DALLAS - Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe has announced he will retire at the end of this year.

Wolfe, whose law enforcement career spans 39 years, including 16 as the sheriff, cited family reasons for his decision to retire. His wife, Gail, will retire at the same time after working 27 years at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

"I leave knowing I will leave the sheriff's office as it begins to rebuild after the last several years of dismantling due to budget reductions," Wolfe said in a statement. "I have been very fortunate to have worked alongside professional public safety employees and volunteers."

Wolfe added, "I worked hard to make sure I surrounded myself with dedicated employees who assisted me every day with the challenges of this profession. Without them the success and respect for the Polk County Sheriff's Office would not have been possible. They are the ones who deserve the credit."

Wolfe said he will recommend Detective Sgt. Mark Garton be appointed interim sheriff, the Statesman Journal reported. Garton plans to file for the office later this year, and an election will be held in 2016 to permanently fill the position.

Garton began his career with the sheriff's office as an explorer cadet and was later hired as a part-time records clerk, according to Wolfe. He then held a position as a jail deputy and as a control room technician.

He eventually moved to the patrol side, where he has served as a supervisor of the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team and of the detectives unit, the sheriff said.