GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - A respected member of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office and the community is retiring after more than 3 decades of service. Lt. David Hawley is taking a new position in public service, and Tuesday he was honored in commissioners court.
A packed commissioners court honored Grayson County Sheriff's Lt. David Hawley Tuesday morning, for 34 years of service.
"It touches your heart, it really does. It's like leaving your home," said Lt. Hawley.
While he's retiring from the Sheriff's Office, he's not done serving Grayson County.
"He's also been recently elected justice of the peace, I'm gonna have to start calling him judge now you see," said Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary.
Tuesday, Lt. Hawley reflected on his time with the department, "I always told everybody if you get burnt out you need to leave--because you start making mistakes in law enforcement when you do. I never got to that point, and that's because of the people I work for and work with."
"I was determined after I won the election several years ago that I definitely wanted David Hawley on my staff," said Sheriff Gary.
Lt. Hawley has left his mark on Grayson county-- Implementing the McGruff crime prevention program in elementary schools, "That's near and dear to my heart and I know it worked," he said.
He also volunteers his time for the Boy Scouts of America.
Several of Lt. Hawley's coworkers and guests stood up to say a few kind words about their memories with him.
He'll take office as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 on January 1st.