PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats will not seek another term. He made the announcement Tuesday morning.
He will serve out the remainder of his current term, according to a statement.
Coats has been with the Pinellas Sheriff's Office since 1971 and has served at all levels.
He issued the following statement:
"To All Members,
Today I am announcing that I am not going to seek another term as Sheriff. My decision is a result of much thought and discussion with my wife Cat and the rest of my family.
I intend to serve out the rest of my term, and upon retirement will have served 41 years with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
I would like to extend my thanks to each of you for your hard work and support over the years. We have made the most of the good times and you have worked above and beyond to help us be successful through the difficult times.
Again, thank you all for your service and support. Our work will continue to ensure that the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office continues to provide the best in public safety and public service.
Jim Coats "
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