WHITEHALL — Trempealeau County Sheriff Richard Anderson will not seek re-election this fall after serving 12 years in the position.

Anderson announced Monday morning in a news release that his third term will be his last as sheriff.

“My service will end with my wishing the best for our sheriff’s office and citizens,” he wrote.

Anderson has been a law enforcement officer for 42 years, including 38 years in the Trempealeau County sheriff’s office.

Among his accomplishments as sheriff, he highlighted upgrades in technology and equipment, much of it through securing grant funding. During his tenure, squad cars got defibrillators, road spikes, assault rifles and updated radio and video equipment.

Most recently, the sheriff’s office received funding to buy a drone that can be used to help locate lost and missing people.

Anderson noted a crucial concern during his time as sheriff has been drug problems in Trempealeau County. His office confronted that through educational programs in schools, adding a K-9 unit, creating a drug investigator position and working closely with the county’s Human Services department to improve recovery services and help for children endangered by drugs.

Anderson said he plans to throw his support behind another veteran of local law enforcement who intends to run for sheriff but has not yet announced his candidacy for the Nov. 6 election.