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Sheriff Zeybel won’t seek re-election this year

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren County Sheriff Brian Zeybel is sworn in by President Judge Maureen Skerda after he was elected in 2021. Zeybel has announced that he will not seek the post again at the end of his term.

There will be a new sheriff in town.

Warren County Sheriff Brian Zeybel has announced that he will not seek re-election in November.

Zeybel was appointed sheriff in 2021 and won election that year to complete a four-year term. That term ends at the end of this year.

In all, Zeybel has served in law enforcement in the county for nearly 30 years. “I am proud to have served as Sheriff of Warren and I hope the community was proud to have me in its history,” he said.

“I cannot say enough about the support this community has shown me personally and the law enforcement community in general,” Zeybel said. “It’s great to live and serve in a small town that still believes in moral values, says ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am,’ and the average person on the street will say ‘hello’ to a uniformed officer and think, ‘He’s one of the good guys.'”

He said the decision not to seek the post again was the hardest he has had to make in a long time. “The deputies and courthouse staff welcomed me into their family and it will be hard to leave them,” he said.

However, he has motivation for leaving. “Winter,” he said with a laugh.

He said he and his wife, Marcia, have always dreamed of spending their winters somewhere warmer. “It’s time to try that out,” Zeybel said.

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