Sheriff Keith Royal: I intend to retire at end of this term |

Sheriff Keith Royal: I intend to retire at end of this term

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal talks with residents during a recent "Cup with a Cop" event in Nevada City. Royal said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election as sheriff in 2018.
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Sheriff Keith Royal, in office for almost 20 years, said Wednesday that he intends to retire at the end of his current term.

Royal announced his decision when reached for comment about former Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster’s declaration that he would seek the top spot in the Sheriff’s Office.

“I’ve made it known to a number of people that I’ll retire at the end of this term,” Royal said. “That’s my intent.”

Royal’s current term ends in 2018.

Royal added that he wishes Foster well, but noted that he’ll support a different candidate in the sheriff’s race. He declined to name his choice.

In law enforcement for 45 years, Royal said it’s the right time to step down. He noted his office has talented employees throughout the department.

Looking to the future, Royal said he’s interested in becoming the U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of California, a position appointed by the president of the United States.

“We’ll give it time and see what happens,” Royal said.

Royal was first elected in 1998, defeating incumbent Troy Arbaugh.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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