Gentry’s wife, Ann Gentry, brought her husband’s resignation announcement to the Gazette-Journal last Thursday. Addressed to Gloucester County Citizens, the letter read as follows: "Dear Friends, Effective at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2012, I am stepping down as Sheriff of Gloucester County. This action is necessary so that I may concentrate on personal issues and spend more time with my family as we deal with this.
"I have been very proud to have served this community and am very proud of all of the accomplishments of this Sheriff’s Office. I leave, in the very capable hands of my Chief Deputy, Major Darrell Warren, a Sheriff’s Office of wonderful men and women who are dedicated to you, Gloucester County and its safety and future, Sincerely, Steve Gentry." Gentry has made no further public comment on his departure.