Thurston County Sheriff Dan Kimball has announced that he does not intend to run for a second term.
Kimball, 52, said he needs to live closer to his 76-year-old mother, near Port Townsend, because of her health concerns. Kimball said his mother lives alone, and when his brother died from leukemia earlier this year, the need to move closer to her became more apparent. His brother previously had lived close to her and was able to help with her needs.
Kimball said he announced to his staff about 21/2 weeks ago that he would not run again. He said he made the announcement out of respect for his employees, and to give anyone who wanted to run for sheriff a head start, because he knows the work and preparation involved in running a campaign.
Kimball’s term expires at the end of 2010. He grew up in Port Townsend.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision, because I knew it was the right thing to do,” Kimball said in a phone interview Saturday, adding “Bottom line is, I want to do what I can to help her.”
Kimball has worked full time as a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office since 1985. He said he has held every rank at the Sheriff’s Office with the exception of undersheriff.
Kimball said he had wanted to run again, but “sometimes life throws you curveballs.”
One person already has announced her intent to run for sheriff – current Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Debra Mealy, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission’s Web site. Mealy is married to Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Mealy, a media spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
She could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465