Sheriff to retire, but plans to finish strong

Sheriff to retire, but plans to finish strong

MUNISING — After decades of service a local civil servant plans to retire at the end of this year.

Alger County Sheriff Robert Hughes is set to retire in December after 38 years in law enforcement. Until then however he would like to see the completion of one of his larger projects.

Hughes says, “I plan on fulfilling my term of office until December 31st, of this year, and we do have a jail project going on. It’s a 22 bed expansion, which is slated to start construction this summer and be done by October, and I do want to see that accomplished before I do leave.”

Hughes says he has several fond memories from his career, one of which was helping to grow a very important service.

“The ambulance service has always been a favorite project of mine at the Alger County Sheriff’s Office. I am a practicing paramedic still,” Hughes added, “and we allowed this ambulance service to grow and now we’re advanced life support. We have three advanced life support ambulances, and a complete rescue service located here.”

Hughes says when he retires he hopes to volunteer as a paramedic in Grand Marais, with the occasional trip to camp with his wife. He says he want to stick around and give back to the community as much as he can.

Elections for the position will take place in November.