Campaigning has already begun for the Archer County Sheriff’s position primary in March, but Staci Beesinger’s name will not be on the ballot. The decision not to run again did not come easily to Beesinger, but it is a decision she feels is the right one for her. She will have served three terms at the end of 2020 when her term expires.
“I’m getting older and I am wanting to do some things with my life before I am not able to do them,” Beesinger said. “I love the outdoors. I love to fish and sit in a deer stand with my husband Derrel. I have sacrificed a lot in this job with my family, my marriage, my friends, and I need to try to make up for some of this before I am no longer on this earth.”
Looking back, she is amazed that she won the election as a woman.
“It was a narrow victory,” Beesinger said. “It was a lot of hard work and campaigning. It was scary and many times I would ask myself why I was even running. I thought, ‘They will never elect a woman as Sheriff’, but they did.”
She proved herself to the citizens of Archer County. When she ran for her second term, she beat her opponent handily. The third term left her unopposed, which has not happened since Claude Morrison ran for reelection in the 1960’s.
Beesinger credits having a great staff for her success. “You are only as good as the people who work under you,” she said, “and I have had a great staff working for me all three terms.”
Her staff is one reason her decision not to run again was a tough one.
“I worry about what will happen to some of them when someone else takes over,” she said.
Beesinger feels that being able to serve the people and talk with the people has been the best part of her job. The Sheriff’s job now is so administrative. “I miss being out in the public as much as I used to be,” she said.
Beesinger said,” What is funny in a way is that I am going out of here better known for the “Sheriff’s Report” I write every week more than what I have accomplished,” she chuckled. “But that is okay because I just write about the things that happen and how we handle it. That still gets the message out about what we do and deal with daily.”
There is still another year left in Beesinger’s term. She is not sure what lies ahead of her. She may work part-time somewhere, but she knows she will not work full time again.
“I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to the citizens of Archer County for their support. Even those who did not support me in the beginning I’ve been told have come around and supported me later. I am forever thankful for that. It is a dream come true. I never thought in a hundred years that I would ever be in this position. I am thankful for the support that got me here. It was a great ride, but now it is time for someone else to take the wheel.”
Whoever wins the election for Archer County Sheriff for the next term will have a big badge to carry. Sheriff Staci Beesinger has been an excellent Sheriff, and she will be missed in that position by so many. However, we still have her for another year, and her famous weekly “Sheriff’s Report” will continue till the end.