ARAPAHOE COUNTY - A remarkable law enforcement career spanning 42 years came to an end Friday as Sheriff Grayson Robinson, 63, retired and stepped down from office.
"I am excited about the next adventure of my life. I'm very proud of this organization," Robinson told 9News a few hours before stepping down. "I leave with a great deal of pride. I leave with a great deal of excitement for a positive and meaning future for this organization and for my community."
Robinson first began his career as rookie for the Littleton Police Department in 1972. Eventually he retired from that department and then became the Arapahoe County Sheriff in 2002.
During his last few years in office, Robinson has had to deal with several challenges that took place under the spotlight of national media, including the Aurora theater shooting and the shooting at Arapahoe High School in December. Claire Davis, 17, died in the hospital days after the shooting.
"I've had the great honor of meeting Claire shortly after the shooting. And then I met Mr. and Ms. Davis and they are people of grace. I am a better man because I've had the opportunity to meet the Davis family."
Robinson said he was on campus shortly after the shooting and remembers parents running towards the school wondering if their child was okay.
"And the look on their face was a look I could never explain," Robinson said. "It's a look that will never ever leave my memory. And it told me very clearly this is why we in public safety do what we do."
When asked about what he would remember most about his time as the sheriff, Robinson said he carries a sadness for the hundreds of innocent people who've been victimized by crime.
Robinson recalled the unsolved murder of Andrew Graham, 23, who was last seen alive in security camera video from the light-rail station at I-25 and County Line Road.
"Andrew was senselessly murdered and he was innocent. He was a man of purpose and a man of principal. I think of him quite often."
Robinson said he doesn't know what he will do next, but has plans to take a break for at least two months to reflect on his career and life.
While he completely rules out running for another elected position, he doesn't rule out another role in public service.
"This has been a great adventure. There is one more good one in me. And I'm excited about whatever that's going to be."
On Friday afternoon David Walcher was sworn in as Sheriff after serving as the undersheriff.
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