In 1971, John Raichl wrote in a Seaside High School yearbook that his main goal in life was "out-running every cop in Clatsop County. " Raichl didn't outrun many cops as an adult...

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ASTORIA, Ore. — In 1971, John Raichl wrote in a Seaside High School yearbook that his main goal in life was “out-running every cop in Clatsop County.”

Raichl didn’t outrun many cops as an adult, but he outlasted many of them.

The Clatsop County sheriff will retire Jan. 3 after a 28-year career with the department.

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He spent 18 of them as sheriff, which means he will leave with the longest tenure of any currently serving sheriff in Oregon.

At a going-away reception Friday at the Sheriff’s Office, friends and co-workers bade farewell to Raichl.

He was awarded the Katherine Hellberg Distinguished Service Award, the county’s top employee honor.

Not bad for someone whose early view of law enforcement mostly involved flashing lights in his rearview mirror.

“As a former schoolmate, no one was more surprised than me that he went into law enforcement,” said assistant county administrator Deb Kraske, who was a classmate of Raichl’s at Seaside High School.