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Three of Yakima County’s elected officials stepping down end of this year

In a span of less than two weeks, three of Yakima County’s elected leaders announced they will retire at the end of this year.

The latest was Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty, who said this week he will not seek re-election this November and retire at the end of 2014.

Hagarty, formerly the Klickitat County prosecutor, was appointed to the post in 2008 to replace Ron Zirkle, who retired. Hagarty was then elected in 2009, but will not seek a second term.

Prior to Hagarty’s announcement, Yakima County Auditor Corky Holloway and Sheriff Ken Irwin both announced they will step down at the end of this year and not seek re-election in November.

Currently serving his third term, Irwin steps down with more than 40 years of combined law enforcement experience, including the last 13 as Yakima County sheriff.

Irwin has indicated his retirement plans include enjoying his family.

Like Irwin, Holloway has served since her appointment in 2001.

After 13 years in office as the county’s auditor, Holloway says her future plans include spending time with her husband, whom she married last October, as well as visiting with the couple’s five children and 12 grandchildren.

Holloway, who confirmed that all three posts will be on this year’s general election ballot without incumbents, says requirements for candidates interested in the auditor, sheriff and prosecutor posts include being registered voters within Yakima County and paying a filing fee equal to 1 percent of the office’s annual salary.

May 12-16 is the filing period for candidates seeking the county posts or other offices on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

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