Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin announced Wednesday he will run for a second four-year term in the May 20 primary election.

The filing period runs through March 13. So far, he is unopposed.

In November 2004, Bergin won office by a two-to-one margin over his only opponent, Astoria Police Chief Rob Deu Pree. Bergin succeeded longtime Sheriff John Raichl, who retired.

Deu Pree has since retired from the police department but is not expected to run for sheriff again.

Bergin, 49, began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Seaside Police Department. In February 1992 he was hired by the Sheriff's Office, where he was a patrol deputy and later a narcotic canine handler, patrol sergeant and detective sergeant for the inter agency narcotics task force. He was promoted to chief deputy before running successfully for sheriff in 2004.

Bergin said he feels it's imperative to stay on track with the goals his office has set and to keep following a five-year strategic plan he developed with input from the community.

"I want everyone to know that I love this job, but even more, I want the people of Clatsop County to know I love this community and the responsibility of doing my best to keep it safe," Bergin said. "I am proud to serve as your sheriff and will continue to do so if given the opportunity for a second term in 2009. My goal is to provide high-quality public safety for the community."

If three or more candidates file for sheriff, the race will be on the May ballot, according to Clatsop County Clerk Nicole Williams. If only two candidates file, she said, both of their names will be on the Nov. 4, 2008, ballot instead.

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