OROVILLE, Calif. -

Butte County Sheriff Jerry Smith announced he will not run for office next year and will retire from law enforcement.
 
With that announcement, Smith's undersheriff, Kory Honea, has announced he wants to fill his current boss's shoes.

Both Honea and Sheriff Smith announced the news at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.
     
Honea said he and Smith have been discussing this for the past two months, and Honea explains that he wouldn't run for office if he didn't get Smith's approval.
      
One of his plans if he gets elected is to upgrade the technology around the sheriff's station and provide for programming to rehabilitate inmates back into society.
     
Honea says being the undersheriff for the past four years has uniquely qualified him for the job.     

"As a result of that, you know I've had great influence and control over what has taken place," said Honea.  "A lot of things that are in place now, are programs and policies that I had a hand in developing."

Other plans Honea has included are improving the jail.  The sheriff's office has applied for a $40 million grant to build a brand new facility.
     
So far, there are no other candidates running for sheriff.
   
Honea has not announced who his undersheriff will be.