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Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said today his upcoming term will be his last.

Tripp won in a contested May primary race and ran unopposed in the general election which closed Tuesday evening.

He will also change his political affiliation to unaffiliated, he said in a statement.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support,” he said. “I look forward to serving for the next four years as your sheriff.”

Starting in 1984 as a jailer, “I was honored to begin my career under Sheriff W. C. ‘Bill’ Bailey’s administration. With the Stallings and Frazier administrations, I had the opportunities to work and supervise every position within the sheriff’s office.”

He was appointed sheriff in August of 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Frazier, who retired.

Tripp was subsequently elected in November 2014.

“While serving as your sheriff, we have continuously sought ways to better serve our communities and improve relations between the community and the sheriff’s office,” he said. “We have worked diligently every day to accomplish this.”

Tripp said, however, “At the completion of the next term, I plan to retire with thirty-eight years of service to the citizens of Halifax County.”

He said this afternoon he would like to explore other public service opportunities in the future which could include seeking other elected posts. “I was very humbled to have run unopposed and to have received the most votes.”

As far as changing affiliation, Tripp said, “I’m a firm believer that the sheriff should be nonpartisan. It has been my goal to serve all citizens fairly and equally.  While keeping future public service options open, I will be changing my voter registration to unaffiliated. In the words of my dear departed friend, Frank Avent, we will continue to make ‘Halifax County a better place to live, work and raise our families.’”