Darke County Sheriff Retires
Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Sheriff Toby Spencer announces retirement

Sheriff Spencer to step down following 47 year career with Darke County Sheriff's Office

DARKE COUNTY – Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer is stepping down after 28 years as the elected Sheriff of Darke County including 47 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to joining the Sheriff Office, Spencer served with the United States Army from 1971-1973 with the Field Artillery.

Sheriff Spencer, currently serving his eighth elected term said, “It’s an honorable profession and I have had a great career.”

Personal reasons including two recent knee replacements along with professional reasons, Sheriff Spencer felt the time is right in announcing his retirement.


Effective October 31st, 2021 Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer will be stepping down as Sheriff and retiring after 47 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office, 28 which has been as the elected Sheriff of Darke County.

Sheriff Spencer wants to thank the citizens of Darke County for supporting him and having confidence, in him, to have elected him for 8 terms as Sheriff.

Sheriff Spencer states that “I truly am a blessed man to have served the wonderful citizens and Great Darke County, Ohio.”

Sheriff Spencer is retiring and leaving the Sheriff’s Office for personal reasons that have taken a toll on his life in the past couple of years. Also there are some professional reasons that Sheriff Spencer believes is not conducive to allow him to do his job that he was elected to do. “I was elected to serve and protect the citizens of Darke County, unfortunately, under the courts of Darke County, the only ones that are protected are those that continue to offend and continually break the law. There is no accountability for those that prey on our society.”

Thank you Darke County!

Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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