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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko To Retire

Andreas Fuhrmann
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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko announced his retirement last week.


Bosenko has been with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office since 1979, holding the title of Sheriff since 2006. Since then, he’s won three elections, two unopposed. Now, he says it’s time for change. 


“Been married to the job for 40 years. I think I’d rather spend some time with my wife of 40 years.  And there was some things really recently that came up. I lost a few friends, one to cancer, and a couple due to heart attacks and I felt this would be time now.  We’ve accomplished a lot over the 13 years me being Sheriff, and I felt it was time.” Bosenko said.

Bosenko says retiring was one of the toughest decisions he's made. During his 13 years leading the department, he’s seen some very high-profile cases. Including the disappearance of baby Ember Graham, the kidnapping of Sherri Papini, the murder of Karen Duenas and the triple homicide/suicide of Shane Miller. 


He was also Sheriff during the 2018 Carr Fire, one of the toughest times ever in the county. Looking back, he feels he’s seen a lot of accomplishments during his tenure.


“SWAT, K-9, Dive Team. And winning my first term we had the largest marijuana eradication operation at that time.” he said.


Bosenko’s last day will be December 30th. He says he heavily endorsed the current Undersheriff Eric Magrini to fill out the remainder of his term, but whether or not Magrini will is up to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors.