Democrat Chipp Bailey, Mecklenburg County's sheriff since 2008, doesn't expect to run again when his term expires next year.
"I'm not going to make a definite decision until February," Bailey said Monday. "But I'll just say this. ... I'll have 41 years at the end of this term in law enforcement in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. And there's probably a lot of people tired of looking at me....
"It's been a good run but sooner or later somebody else has to do it."
Baily, 64, will be 66 at the end of his term. He won election in 2010 but was appointed in 2008 to succeed his friend, longtime Sheriff Jim Pendergraph.
The appointment that February followed weeks of controversy that saw Democratic Party officials pick Nick Mackey in a disputed election.
After weeks of political and legal challenges, county commissioners chose the low-key Bailey.