O’Brien County, Iowa — O’Brien County Sheriff Michael Anderson has put months of speculation to rest. In a letter to the O’Brien County Supervisors, Anderson announced his retirement effective at the end of his current term, saying he will not seek reelection.
In the letter, Anderson says he takes great pride in the many accomplishments the Sheriff’s Office has achieved during his tenure. He says he was always motivated by a responsibility and commitment to the people of O’Brien County, who elected him.
Anderson says his decision to leave the Sheriff’s Office is a difficult one because of the friendships he has forged, and the great staff at the Sheriff’s Office. He says he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife of 44 years, as well as his two grown children and their families.
Anderson has served with the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office for more than 42 years, first as a Deputy, and then as Sheriff. His term expires at the end of 2016.
Two candidates have already announced their candidacies for the Republican nomination for Sheriff in this fall’s general election. Allen Schuknecht, of Primgar, who currently serves as O’Brien County Chief Deputy, and Sheldon Police Officer Todd Wood.