Bernie Giusto will retire July 1, bringing an end to the long public spectacle of the elected sheriff in Oregon’s most populous county battling a series of state ethics investigations, reports The Oregonian. After he leaves, Giusto will continue to fight to stop the state’s police standards agency from pulling his badge for moral fitness violations. Sgt. Phil Anderchuk, president of the union that represents jail deputies, hopes Giusto’s departure would end the turmoil. “We can take a collective sigh of relief as an agency,” he said.
Giusto has pledged to preserve his police certification, saying that after 34 years in law enforcement he has earned the right to keep his badge. Last week, a state committee of law enforcement leaders said evidence indicated Giusto lied nearly 20 years ago when he denied to Oregon State Police supervisors having an affair with the wife of then-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt. Giusto was working on Goldschmidt’s security detail.