Vernon County Sheriff Spears won’t seek re-election

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VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) — Vernon County Sheriff John Spears will not seek re-election after 12 years in the post, he announced Monday.



“It has been a true honor and privilege to have served the citizens of Vernon County for the past 40 years in law enforcement,” including the past 12 as sheriff, Spears said in a news release.

“I was very fortunate to have served under two previous sheriff’s, Sheriff Geoffrey Banta and Sheriff Gene Cary,” he said. “I look forward to joining them as ‘retired’ and to reflect back on a long history of service to Vernon County.”

Spears said he intends to spend time with his grandchildren, traveling and visiting friends.