Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills has announced he plans to retire from the post he's held for almost two decades.

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Mills on Monday released a statement indicating his retirement will take effect on August 28. He said it has been "an honor and a privilege" to serve county residents as sheriff for nearly 19 years.

Mills said after 50 years in law enforcement, he has decided "the time is right" to retire.

In the statement, Mills expressed appreciation to the dedication of those who work in the sheriff's office.

Mills noted there continues to be a "significant drug problem" in the nation which "continues to affect and impact the residents" of Delaware County. He said the sheriff's office will continue to work to address the problem "on all levels."

Mills said Undersheriff Craig DuMond will become the acting sheriff as of next week. He said DuMond intends to seek election to the post.

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