LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County will have a new district attorney and sheriff in 2013, after the incumbents in each office said they will not seek reelection.
Sheriff Kent Henson will not be seeking reelection in 2012, he said Monday afternoon.
A sergeant with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office has announced his plan to run for sheriff. Henson said he is endorsing him for the job.
Sgt. Allen Hill confirmed Monday afternoon that he would run on the Republican ticket.
"People know my focus," Hill said. "My focus is protecting the community, eliminating the drug problem, educating our kids and providing a quality service to our citizens."
Henson said he decided not to run after praying about it and determining God did not want him to run. He has been sheriff for 16 years.
"I got to praying and it was just like God lifted a load off of me and told me it was just time to go," Henson said.
Henson, a Democrat, says his decision had nothing to do with party lines.
"At this level of politics, it should not have a party anyhow," he said. "People ought to look at the best person and vote for the best person."
Former DPS sergeant Greg Sanches has already signed up on the same ticket for the sheriff position.
Hill works as the lead narcotics investigator in Angelina County.
District Attorney Clyde Herrington said he will also not be seeking reelection and is supporting Art Bauereiss, who has signed up on the Republican ticket, for the job.
"I just don't know if I can do it with the same intensity that I have and I think maybe because of that I think maybe it's time for me to let somebody else do it a while," Herrington said.
After 22 years as DA, he plans to go into private practice and spend more time with his family.
Bauereiss works in the DA's office as the top assistant prosecutor.
Meanwhile, while the sheriff's badge is up for grabs and the district attorney's office is planning to move on, the two men say they still have work to do as the last year of their term runs out.
"We're supposed to do more than just put people in jail, we're supposed to protect the public and also try to help people when they mess up," Herrington said.
"I'll miss it, I'll miss it," Henson said. "This is 30 years of my life. I've got up every day and put a badge and a gun on and came to work and loved every minute of it."