The text of Sheriff Chad A. Reiner's letter "to the citizens of Northumberland County."

It is with great sadness that I tender my resignation as sheriff of Northumberland County, effective noon Jan. 24, 2014. The decision to leave as your sheriff is one of both regret and necessity. Recent decisions made by certain county commissioners have forced me to re-evaluate my career on a long-term basis. I have an obligation to obtain a salary capable of sustaining my family. As much as I love being your sheriff, family will always come first.

As your sheriff, it has been thoroughly enjoyable serving you, the residents of Northumberland County, and it has been humbling to have received the support you have given. I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the supervisors and employees of all local law enforcement agencies, local court officials, probation officials and members of the prison staff for the support they have given to the sheriff's office throughout the years.

I would like to thank my family for their continued love and support throughout my three elections as sheriff. Most importantly, I want to thank the sheriff's deputies and administrative staff for their loyalty, dedication and hard work. Their individual and collective efforts have been and remain critical to the success of the sheriff's office.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Northumberland County sheriff.