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SEATTLE -- The King County sheriff says she has accepted a new job as director of the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Sue Rahr said Wednesday she'll retire as sheriff March 31 and begin her new job April 1.

She has designated Chief Deputy Steve Strachan as interim sheriff. He'll hold that position until the King County Council either decides to confirm him as interim sheriff or names someone else to the job.

Rahr was more than halfway through her second term, which expires in 2013.

She called the commission job a rare and unexpected opportunity and says she has complete confidence in Strachan.

The Criminal Justice Training Commission oversees the state's police training center in the Seattle suburb of Burien, where all police officers except state troopers undergo basic training. It also sets statewide training standards for peace officers.

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