Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle (Camera file photo)

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle on Friday night announced his intention to run next year for a fourth and final term in office.

County residents will be able to vote for sheriff in the November 2014 election.

Pelle said he knew he wanted to run again, but decided to wait until this year's election was over to announce his candidacy because he wanted to avoid any confusion.

"I'm still young -- in relative terms, I guess -- (and) still excited about the job. I love what I do," Pelle said of his decision. "And I want to have one more term to solve a few lingering issues and also work on a transition plan to make sure we have good leadership in place for the future."

Pelle started his career with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office as a cadet in 1974 before becoming a certified deputy in 1980.

In 1984, he went to work for the Boulder Police Department, where he rose to the rank of detective commander before being elected sheriff as a Democrat for the first of three terms in 2002. He officially was sworn in as sheriff in January 2003, he said.

If elected again next year, Pelle would serve as sheriff until 2018. He would be the first four-term sheriff since Boulder County voters in 2011 approved a ballot issue allowing sheriffs to serve four consecutive four-year terms.

Pelle last won re-election in 2010 when he ran unopposed.