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Veteran officer will run to succeed Boyer as Kitsap County Sheriff

One of the top officers who’s worked with Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer announced his candidacy to replace Boyer when the four-term sheriff leaves office at the end of the year.

Patrol Chief Gary Simpson, who’s been with the department for 29 years, announced Feb. 25 that he will run for sheriff this fall.

Boyer, 63, announced earlier this month that he will not run for re-election to a fifth term.

Simpson, 61, has been in charge of the Patrol Division since 2003. He is a graduate of South Kitsap High School who started with the sheriff’s office as a deputy in 1984.

In a news release announcing his candidacy, Simpson said maintaining community partnerships and good communication with citizens and the sheriff’s office staff are among his priorities. The veteran officer has been involved as a volunteer with numerous community groups in Kitsap County over the years.

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