“It just time for me to move on,” he said. “Being a leader, you’ve got to step up, and also you have to know when it’s time to step down.
“I’ve enjoyed the support of the people I’ve gotten over the years, and I appreciate them allowing me to do this,” he continued. He said not running next year was not an easy decision.
Sprinkle, who turns 60 years old in March, has spent his life around law enforcement— the past 20 years as sheriff. He also grew up in a law enforcement household. His father, Norman Sprinkle, served as Botetourt County Sheriff for more than 30 years before retiring in 1991.
Sprinkle was elected to his first term in the November 1999 General Election. He’s an FBI Academy graduate, was a Botetourt deputy, then worked for the Salem City Police Department prior to being elected sheriff.
While he has another year on the job, he wanted to let the community know that it will be his last so others interested in running will have a chance to consider doing that.
What he will do when 2019 ends is “decompress,” he said. “I’m looking forward to changing gears… to have more time with my wife, daughter…