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Clearfield Co. to see new sheriff after 36 years

By: WJAC Web Staff

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. -- Sheriff Chester Hawkins said he has confidence after four decades in the man he is passing his job down to.
Truthfully I cant say that I woke up with the notion that I wanted to retire, said Hawkins. You just know when its time.

The Clearfield County sheriff has been in position for almost four decades at 36 years.

"No way did I ever think Id be sheriff this long, I figured maybe three terms at the most," said Hawkins. "Its a job that I really enjoy; I have a lot of good people who work for me so I figured I'm going to until either I get defeated or I just don't want to go anymore."

Wesley Thurston was sworn in early Thursday morning as the new sheriff. A man who is no stranger to law enforcement himself. Thurston served as both a police officer in Bradford and state trooper before achieving his ultimate goal.

"Before I had retired I had decided that when the current sheriff retired I would run for sheriff," said Thurston. "He was sheriff for about 36 and half years and was kind of unbeatable so I didn't figure that I would run while he was in office." 

Sheriff Thurston said he already has big plans for the county at the top of his list, protecting the rights of the people.

"One thing I hope to do is to make a periodical announcement in newspapers or whatever about peoples rights," said Thurston. "As the sheriff of this county, you know the people of Clearfield County are big gun rights people and their not anxious to give up their rights to own and carry weapons."

Hawkins last day is to be Monday Jan. 6, the same day Thurston will take over.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times