A reception to honor several retiring employees of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department is scheduled to take place from 1 until 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 in the training room on the lower level of the Lawrence County Justice Center, located at 240 N. Main in Mt. Vernon.
After 40 years of service to the citizens of Lawrence County, Deputies Glen Matthews and Danny "D.R." Comer have decided to hang up their badges. Deputy Kent Casey, who served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol before joining the sheriff's department, will also be retiring from service.
Pauline Gage, Lawrence County's victim's advocate, has announced her plan to retire. Gage has held the position since its creation in 2005, serving the victims of crime and continuing to grow and expand that role for the department.
"Her dedication in serving victims of violent crime has served as a role model for other agencies around the state that are trying to create similar positions for their own departments," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay.
Also retiring is Sgt. Jim Tennyson. He had retired as the Lawrence County agent for the Missouri Department of Conservation prior to joining the sheriff's department.
The reception is open to the public.