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Saratoga County Sheriff retiring after term

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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - After 41 years as Sheriff and 48 years with the Department, Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen announced Wednesday his decision not to seek re-election for another term.

Sheriff Bowen, 75, is the longest tenured Sheriff in New York State, began his career as a Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff in November of 1965. He was appointed to Sheriff of Saratoga County in December of 1972 by then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

"The people of Saratoga County have elected me 11 times. They have been very good to me," Bowen said Wednesday.

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy said "It has been my privilege to work with Sheriff Jim Bowen for the last 25 years. He is one of the most honest, ethical and hardworking public servants I know. He is a close friend and I have called upon him to provide counsel in a number of criminal cases over the years. He works tirelessly to ensure that the Sheriff's Department is a professional, accredited and highly regarded law enforcement agency. While I respect his decision not to seek reelection, I will miss his extraordinary experience, insight and knowledge, as well as our partnership and our commitment to working together to achieve public safety."

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