Sheriff Colleen O’Neill announces she will not seek re-election in 2022

Statement of Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill regarding the 2022 election

I’ve always known what I wanted to do – serve as a member of law enforcement. The 28 years that I served as a State Trooper, and the last 7 as your Sheriff have not only been an honor and a privilege, but a dream come true. It is time now for me to look ahead at my new personal goals and priorities. After deep thought and long talks with my family, I have decided to not seek reelection next year.

I am so very grateful to the voters who elected me, and the community who
trusted me with the incredible responsibility of leading this agency. The residents
of Jefferson County are extremely lucky to have the talented and professional
men and women of the Sheriff’s Office on duty each day and night helping to
make their community safe. I could not be more proud of these incredibly committed officers and civilians so dedicated to this community, and of all of the
work that is accomplished at the Sheriff’s Office. And we are honored to have the
support and appreciation of this community who recognizes all that we do.

As I prepare to leave at the end of my term next year, I will continue to work hard
for you. The privilege of serving as your Sheriff is truly an honor.