Clarion County sheriff won’t seek re-election

Clarion County Sheriff Rex Munsee told the Clarion News he will not seek re-election to a fourth term.

“I always wanted to serve three terms as sheriff and I have,” Munsee said. “I’m not disappointed in the job — I’ve enjoyed it, but it’s time. It’s time to go out on top.”

Munsee, first elected as sheriff in 2009, served as a state police trooper for more than 27 years before seeking his first elected office.

“Being sheriff has been the second-best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “But I had my mind made up. You never want to stay too long.”

Munsee, a certified guest teacher under the Riverview Intermediate Unit program who has filled as a guest teacher at several high schools in the region, said his plans are to “teach a little more” and to get a private investigator’s license next year.

“I’d much rather teach English than math, I can tell you that,” he quipped.

Munsee said he will likely locate his private investigator’s office in a “corner” of his daughter’s law office at the corner of Liberty Street and North Fifth Avenue in Clarion.

“I don’t know how much of a market there is for a private investigator in Clarion County, but I guess I’ll find out,” he said.