Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley To Retire

CONCORD, N.C. — Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley says he will not run for re-election in 2018.

Riley details his decision in the following open letter:

“In 1990, I put the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office uniform on proudly for the first time. Since
that day, I’ve had the fortune of serving alongside the finest law enforcement officers in the country.
I’ve had the opportunity to serve in many capacities throughout my career – lieutenant on patrol, chief
jailor, co-commander of SWAT – but the proudest moment by far was being appointed as Sheriff in
January of 2001. The great citizens of Cabarrus County elected me four more times after that, running
unopposed in 2014.”

“After spending the last months in much discussion, thought and prayer, I’ve made the decision
to retire at the end of this term this upcoming December. This has been the toughest decision of my life
to not run for a sixth term again in 2018 and one that I certainly have not taken lightly. I’ve came to
this decision because, personally and professionally, the timing is right, as we have high level and
qualified leaders prepared and ready to continue leading the Sheriff’s Office and take it to the next
level. We have accomplished many successes over the past 17 years that I’m so grateful to have been a
part of, and I’m eager to see how the agency will grow and succeed in the future.”

Sheriff Brad Riley

“The North Carolina Law Enforcement Retirement System separation allowance is created to
financially encourage officers to retire once they’ve reached thirty years of service. As I approach this
milestone, I feel this is the right time for me. I’m still very motivated to be Sheriff, still find excitement
in coming to work every day, and mostly, still love what I do and the men and women I’m able to
work with. I’ve always been committed to retiring while still in good health and while the agency is
thriving and growing.”

“Thank you for your understanding and support throughout this transition. It has truly been a
dream come true to serve this agency and our citizens, and I can’t thank you enough for your part in
making this community a better, happier, safer one. I’m committed to continue to work hard this year
and am excited to get to work alongside you as I finish out my final term. God bless you all, and I’ll
forever be grateful for the impact you have had on me and my family.”

“Since there has been no one at this point to register with the Board of Elections or publicly
announce to run for Sheriff, I hope the citizens of Cabarrus County will consider supporting Criminal
Investigations Lt. Van Shaw as my successor as Sheriff in the 2018 election.”

With best regards,

Sheriff Brad Riley
Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office