FARGO, N.D. — Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney says he’ll retire from law enforcement rather than seek a fourth term in the position.

Laney sent an email to staff saying that after nearly three decades in law enforcement, he and his family feel it’s time to hang up his gun belt.

Laney has one year left on his term and plans to retire at the end of next year. He’s been the sheriff of North Dakota’s most populous county since 2006.

Laney also has been on the national stage a couple of times, during recent flood battles in the Red River Valley and during protests in southern North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The National Sheriff’s Association named Laney its sheriff of the year in 2012.