New Kent County Sheriff announces retirement

Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 9:47 PM EDT
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NEW KENT Co., Va. (WWBT) -New Kent County Sheriff J. Joseph “Joe” McLaughlin, Jr. announced on Facebook Wednesday that he is retiring.

“It is with extremely mixed emotions that I have made the difficult decision to not seek re-election to a third term as your Sheriff,” said McLaughlin in the post. “This has not been an easy decision to make, nor one that I have taken lightly.”

McLaughlin was first appointed as sheriff by F. W. (Wakie) Howard, Jr., in June 1981. His last day is Dec. 31.