In a little under two weeks, Shawano County Sheriff Randy Wright will relinquish his badge after 40 years in law enforcement and eight years as sheriff.
It’s not quite the way he wanted to go out, having lost the election in November to Shawano Police Officer Adam Bieber, who will be sworn in as the new sheriff Jan. 5.
“I’d have liked to walk out of here and simply say, ‘I’m retired,’” Wright said.
But the initial disappointment has subsided somewhat, replaced by an eagerness to start a new chapter in his life.
“When God closes one door, he’s going to open another door for you,” Wright said. “I feel he has.”
With 10 grandchildren, Wright is looking forward to becoming “a full-time grandpa,” and spending more time with family members.
“Since April, it’s mostly been about the campaign,” he said. “I hadn’t had much of a chance to really sit back and enjoy the family. I missed a lot.”