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It’s the last stand for outgoing Stafford Sheriff Charlie Jett

Stafford Sheriff Charles "Charlie" Jett (left) with former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell in 2012 [ File Photo: Mary Davidson]

Stafford Sheriff Charles “Charlie” Jett will say goodbye tonight.

A special meet and greet is planned at the Stafford County Public Safety Center from 4 to 7 p.m. where at least 300 people are expected to come and shake the hand of the veteran sheriff who has spent a lifetime serving the department, and as county sheriff since 2000.

“It’s going to be a packed event,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Residents will line up to shake the hand and say goodbye to the outgoing sheriff. His successor David Decatur, who has long served in the Stafford sheriff’s office, will also be there.

The event is free to attend. It is closed to press, said Kennedy.

Jett started with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at age 19, working as a jail guard. In February, after 37 years with the Department and nearly 15 as its commander in chief, Jett said he planned to retire and wouldn’t seek reelection.

Chief Deputy David Decatur won an election in November to replace Jett. He’s been with the Stafford department since 1986.

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