San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks said he plans to retire in December 2018, at the conclusion of his third four-year term in office.
"It's a long ways off, but there have been rumors," Mr. Munks said. "I wanted to end any speculation, once I made up my mind. ... I feel an obligation to be transparent with my staff and the organization, but I also want to keep people focused on the organization and the job at hand."
Mr. Munks first broke this news via email messages to the county manager, members of the board of supervisors and some others in county management, he said.
Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos told him he wants to succeed him as sheriff, Mr. Munks said. "I will support my undersheriff when the time comes," he said.
As to why he is retiring, Mr. Munks said he will be 65 in 2018, with 41 years of service behind him. "It's kind of a natural kind of time line," he said. "There's a life cycle to all jobs and all leadership positions."
By that time, the new jail, scheduled to open in March, will have been in operation for two years, he said. Opening the new jail was one of his goals while in office, he said.
Construction should be substantially complete in December, he said. Sheriff's Office administration will use the three-month interim to train staff and check and recheck operation of the jail's many systems, such as cameras and safety controls, Mr. Munks said.
The women inmates will move in first, then the men, he said.