Humboldt County Undersheriff to retire after more than 3 decades of service

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A local law enforcement veteran is hanging up his badge after more than three decades of service.


“The job changes you,” said Humboldt County Undersheriff Michael Thomas, “Like I said it has become a lifestyle.”


The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors honored Thomas for his work after announcing his retirement from the sheriff’s office after 34 years.


“It’ll be an adjustment, to not be ‘on’ all the time,” Thomas said reflecting on what he’ll do with his retirement time, “To not have the feeling that I need to be ‘on’ and be responsible and take the action needed.”


Thomas was born and raised in Humboldt County. He graduated from the College of the Redwoods Police Academy in 1979. Over his years with H.C.S.O., he says he’s spent time in almost every part of the job, from remote marijuana grows to working in the courts.


He says he’s proud to have stayed “alive and mostly unscarred” from his years on the job, and plans to spend his retirement time checking things off his list of things he’s always wanted to do.


As for his co-workers, Thomas said, “I’ll miss the people, of course the social part, the friends I’ve made, and the friends I’ll keep.”