Defiance Sheriff Chooses Not To Run Again For Health Reasons

68 year old Defi­ance County Sher­iff David Westrick has announced that he will not seek re-election because of health con­cerns. Westrick has ser­aved for more than three decades. He suf­fered a mild heart attack ear­lier this year and says he has also been diag­nosed with Parkinson’s dis­ease. Westrick is cur­rently serv­ing the third year of his eighth four-year term. The Sher­iff released a state­ment say­ing that he always said that he would con­tinue serv­ing the peo­ple in the capac­ity of sher­iff as long as they wanted him to, and as long as his health was good, but the sher­iff says the health part of it kind of threw a curve to him this year. He says that while he has decided that he will not run again, he does plan to serve out the remain­der of his term though. Westrick began his career in law enforce­ment back in 1973 as a Defi­ance County deputy, then he was a county pro­ba­tion offi­cer. He plans to remain an elected Defi­ance County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber and chair­man of the Cor­rec­tions Cen­ter of North­west Ohio’s gov­ern­ing board.

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