JEFFERSON-Following the Ashe County Board of Commissioners’ controversial decision to appoint Terry Buchanan to the position of sheriff, long-time Ashe County lawman Bucky Absher has announced his retirement.
His retirement is effective immediately. When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, the former Maj. Chief Deputy Absher confirmed his retirement and said he has already informed County Manager Sam Yearick of the decision.
Absher leaves behind a 34-year career in law enforcement.
“My decision was based on the results of today,” said Absher. “We will accept it and move forward.”
Absher had served as interim sheriff since Jan. 1. He was on his way to fill the vacancy caused by Williams, who announced his sudden retirement in late November.
On Tuesday, the commissioners went against recommendations from deputies within the department and chose Buchanan to fill the sheriff’s position.
Tuesday’s decision came as a surprise to many with the local law enforcement community, as Williams’ succession planned placed Absher in the sheriff’s office until the 2018 election. The commissioners, however, thought otherwise.
Prior to voting 3-2 to appoint Buchanan as sheriff, the board interviewed each candidate. Absher said his interview lasted 30 minutes.
“I thought it went well,” Absher said. “It was very good questions on behalf of the commissioners. I have no qualms with that.”
Absher said he is currently undecided on whether or not he will run for sheriff in 2018. As for now, he is looking forward to retirement.
“I just want to thank everyone who has supported me in this endeavor during the past two weeks with phone calls and visits,” said Absher.