Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen will retire early, leaving his position on August 1 according to a letter he sent to the Bay County Board of County Commissioners.
Maj. Tommy Ford, McKeithen's second in command, was elected to the job without opposition earlier this year.
In April McKeithen told News 13 that he was looking forward to starting the next chapter of his life.
"I have no clue what I'm going to do. I do know that I want to be able to get up in the morning and just go somewhere and leave my phone laying by the bed," he said.
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