This morning Sheriff Mike Whelan announced he will be retiring after 35 years with the department.
Whelan said, “It’s a job that I have dearly loved. It’s something that has been a part of me and a part of my life for more than more than half of my life, and I will miss the people here, and I will miss the work, but it’s time for me to move on.”
Whelan started at the office in July 0f 1977 along with current undersheriff Rick Scott. His first position was as a Correctional Deputy before becoming ; Road Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, Inspector, Chief Criminal Deputy, Undersheriff, and for the last 14 years he has served as Sheriff.
His first day of retirement is scheduled for October 1st.
Sheriff Whelan says that there are few things he would like to do before his retirement, but there is one that is “near and dear to his heart”.
In 1985 Whelan worked a case involving the homicide of Paul Anderson on the South Beach. Before he leaves office, Whelan says that he would like to meet with the family members of Anderson. He would like to share with the family what has been found and give them some closure. Whelan is the last person left within the Sheriff’s Office who was an active part in the investigation.
As an elected official, the county Democrats will convene and recommend applicants to the Grays Harbor County Commissioners to be appointed for the remainder of the current term.
Sheriff Mike Whelan and Undersheriff Rick Scott will join us on Cop Talk on Live@9 this Friday morning at 9am.