Moffat County undersheriff withdraws bid to run for open sheriff’s office |

Moffat County undersheriff withdraws bid to run for open sheriff’s office

Erin Fenner
Moffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella

Moffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella on Tuesday announced her withdrawal from the Moffat County sheriff’s race.

“I have taken time over the past week to reflect on my personal and professional goals and have determined that serving as an elected official is not going to be the next course for me,” Abdella said in a press release.

“I appreciate the support given to me by my husband Blake and my daughter Annie. I’ve had countless friends and colleagues who have contacted me with their support of my candidacy. I am grateful to live and work in such a generous community,” she said in the release.

She announced her candidacy in November and said she made her decision to run because Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz would not vie for re-election because extended sheriff term limits were turned down in the election.

Her announcement to withdraw was personally driven, she said.

“My desire is now, and has always been, to see the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office move forward,” she said in the release. “Over the past seven years as undersheriff of this county, I have witnessed firsthand the hard work and dedication exhibited by our officers. Although my decision to withdraw has been difficult, my dedication and commitment to helping this department succeed is unwavering.”

Her withdrawal leaves the sheriff’s race uncontested.

Currently, only Larry Dal­ton, a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy, is running for the open seat.

“Additionally, I’d like to thank KC Hume. His support of my needing to do what was best for me and the agency has made the decision to withdraw easier.”

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