Buffardi will be taking a cut in pay when he joins the world of academia full time.
"I am pursuing my retirement options to retire from one job and collect in the other," said Buffardi. "That being said, I am not going to get rich doing this. I've actually had some other offers along the way that have paid much more money but have opted not to take them."
He said a professorship is not a position a person takes on for the money, but rather for the love of what they're doing.
Gardner said that since Buffardi will be retiring from his county position, he can probably pull from his pension.
Although Gardner said he understands that everyone needs a change of pace and that life takes people in different directions, saying goodbye to the sheriff comes with a bit of sadness.
"I was county chairman when Harry Buffardi got elected. I recruited him to run, and I think he's done an outstanding job as sheriff, and we're going to miss working with him," said Gardner, "but I guess everyone at some point in their life likes to do something different, but I'm sure we'll be seeing Harry active in other parts of the community including the college."