Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw said Thursday he plans to leave office Dec. 15, a month before his successor, Wichita police Capt. Jeff Easter, is sworn in.
The early departure will maximize Hinshaw’s state retirement pay, making “a difference of a few hundred bucks … in the amount of my retirement check for the rest of my life,” he said. He added that working into the upcoming year would decrease the average of his quarterly earned salary, which is used to calculate his retirement pay.
Easter will join the Sheriff’s Office as undersheriff on Nov. 26, Hinshaw said. The appointment allows Easter to meet an employment guideline that requires sheriff-elects to be working as at least a deputy before they attend two weeks of training prior to taking office, he said.
Gov. Sam Brownback will appoint an interim sheriff until Easter begins his term Jan. 14, Hinshaw said. Easter beat the sheriff by a 3-1 ratio in August’s primary election, then went on to defeat Democratic candidate Jefrey Weinman in Tuesday’s general election.