Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the sheriff's term in office.
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength says he’s not thinking about retirement as much as he’s thinking about working hard through Monday, his last day in office.
Strength, who decided this year not to seek re-election, said Wednesday he intends to work the next few days as he did every other day of his career.
After that, he said, he’s looking forward to taking it easy and spending some time on his tractor.
Starting Tuesday, Richard Roundtree will take over as sheriff. Roundtree, who will be the first black sheriff in the county’s history, was formally sworn in Dec. 20 but he does not take office until 2013.
He replaces Strength, who started his Augusta law enforcement career in 1976. Strength rose through the ranks and was first elected sheriff in 2000.
Although Strength announced this year that he planned to retire, he said he hopes to keep in touch with the department after he leaves.