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Erie County Sheriff Bob Merski Days Away From Retirement

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After more than a decade on the job, Erie County Sheriff Bob Merski is retiring in 2 weeks.
We sat down with him for a look back at his career.

With nearly 40 years in the Erie County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Bob Merski is just days away from retirement.

62-year old Sheriff Merski is set to retire at the end of the year.
He's been Erie county's sheriff for the past 16 years, and he spent 18 years as a sheriff deputy, before elected sheriff in 1997.

Some of his biggest accomplishments include helping to completely revamp security at the entrance to the courthouse.

He also created the school resource program.
Erie county was the first sheriffs department in the commonwealth to get a COPS grant, a $500,000 grant for the program which places sheriff deputies in schools across the county.
He also helped create the county's Triad program, helping senior citizens in Erie county.

Sheriff Merski says he's retiring to spend more time with his family, but it's bittersweet.

"I have 9 grandchildren and I'm looking forward to opening the next chapter up in my life and doing some things with the family," said Merski.

Sheriff Merski added he couldn't have been as successful if it wasn't for the dedicated people who have worked under him over the 16 years he's served as sheriff, "I've been blessed with very good people, down to Earth people that helped me build this sheriff's office to a community oriented department. And that's what we intended to do when I rant that was my commitment and I feel we fulfilled that obligation," Merski added.


Sheriff Elect John Loomis will be sworn in, in January. He says he's excited to take office, but his friend and mentor will be missed, "He's not only been a great leader, he's been a friend for over 30 years. He'll definitely be missed," said Loomis. "His leadership his mentoring for me, I've learned so much from Bob over the years and it's helped me become sheriff elect, to follow in his footsteps is quite and honor for me," Loomis added.

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