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Sheriff Jim Kaelin will retire after 12 years

Posted at 7:33 AM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 11:16:59-04

Jim Kaelin has announced he will retire as Nueces County’s sheriff.

Kaelin, who has served as the county’s top law enforcement agent for the past 12 years, announced in a Facebook post he will be walking away ending a 50-year career in law enforcement. His last day will be Oct. 31.

“The time now has come for me to spend some time with my family and my lovely wife, Sharon,” Kaelin said. “I have been putting this day off now for way too long and I owe it to her to start doing some things she would like to do.”

Before serving as sheriff, Kaelin served the state for 29 years. He was a deputy to former Sheriff Johnny Mitchell for two years, a deputy constable to Constable to Fred Wilburn for two years and also worked for 29 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He also served a nine-year tour of duty in the Army including service in Vietnam.