BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- After 36 years of service as sheriff of Penobscot County, Glen Rossannounced Thursday that he will retire from the departmentat the end of 2014.

Sheriff Ross said that he will not be seeking a fourth term but will remain involved in the day-to-day operations of the officeuntil his retirement date on December 31.

Ross says he feels fortunate to have had a long career, doing what he loved and he hopes that those who follow him, will continue with the agency's philosophy of professionalism and community involvement.

In a released statement, Ross wrote of his time as sheriff:

"I have been fortunate to have had to opportunity to lead a department that is respected throughout the state. While we all have a very difficult job, the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office and Jail have a reputation for being dedicated to its mission and respectful to the people that we serve. It is my hope that those who follow me continue with the philosophy of professionalism, community involvement, and close working relationships with all other public safety agencies."

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