Published Thu, Dec 8, 2011 7:52 am Dateline
A sheriff in office since Lyndon Johnson was president is ready to put away his badge.
Sheriff Dwight Radcliff of Pickaway County is America's longest-serving sheriff, holding his post since 1965.
He announced Wednesday that he will retire when his current term is over at the end of 2012.
The 79-year-old Radcliff says he had planned to run for re-election but changed his mind about a week ago at the funeral for old friend's wife. He says he realized you need to spend time with family before they're gone.
His 49-year-old son, sheriff's Lt. Robert Radcliff, has filed as the only candidate to succeed his father.