Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe announces retirement

Robert McCabe will step down as sheriff on Feb. 1, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff's Department)
Robert McCabe will step down as sheriff on Feb. 1, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff’s Department)

Norfolk sheriff Bob McCabe announced his retirement — effective Feb. 1, 2017 — after 23 years in office.

In a statement Friday, McCabe did not provide an explanation for his retirement, but noted recent allegations against him did not factor into the decision to step down.

On Nov. 21, The Virginian-Pilot reported Norfolk businessman Ronnie Boone Sr. told federal investigators he bribed McCabe, in addition to city treasurer Anthony Burfoot, who was found guilty of perjury and corruption on Dec. 9.

Colonel Joe Baron will assume the position of interim sheriff until the general election on Nov. 7, 2017.

He added the city jail has made strides since he became sheriff 23 years ago, and that “the credit belongs to the men and women that make up the NSO family.”

“When I took office in 1994, the city jail was in the midst of a U.S. Dept. of Justice investigation. Today, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office and city jail are fully accredited both statewide and nationally,” he said in the news release.

McCabe said he will not be granting media interviews at this time.

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