Sheriff who told Obama he wouldn't enforce new gun laws retires

Sheriff who told Obama he wouldn't enforce new gun laws retires »Play Video
Sheriff Tim Mueller

ALBANY, Ore. - The Oregon sheriff who told the Obama Administration he would refuse to enforce any new gun laws plans to retire from the job at the end of this year and start offering training on how law enforcement can engage with the news media.

"After over 29 years serving with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, I have decided to hang up my guns, put my uniform away, and retire," Sheriff Tim Mueller said in a statement.

Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden in January saying he and his deputies would not enforce - nor allow federal officials to enforce - any new federal firearms laws in his county, according to a copy of the letter posted on the Linn County Sheriff's Office website.

The move attracted widespread attention, both from people supporting Mueller's stand and others who questioned whether a sheriff could make such a statement.

In retirement, the sheriff said he planned to spend more time with his family and "explore a new venture training and educating new officers, deputies and sheriffs." Specifically, he plans to offer training on how to work with the news media.

Muller recommended to the Board of Linn County Commissioners that they appoint Undersheriff Bruce Riley to the position of Sheriff upon Mueller's retirement.

"Bruce has been with the Sheriff's Office for 26 years, and worked his way up through the ranks," Mueller said. "He is a natural leader and has been my right hand man for over four and a half years as Undersheriff."