Bench being dedicated to past Grayson County Sheriff's decades of service

Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 4:35 PM CDT
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A Grayson County sheriff's legacy will now be set in stone, after the Republican Party announced it was dedicating a bench in his honor at Tuesday's commissioner's court.

Sheriff Keith Gary retired in 2016 after serving five terms as Grayson County Sheriff.

It's a legacy Republican chairwoman Barbara Woodroof doesn't want to be forgotten.

"This idea has been in the works for several years," she said. "Sheriff Gary has devoted a great part of his life to this county."

She and several others wanted him to be recognized next to the courthouse where he spent most of his time, and they decided to design a bench in his honor.

"Hence, we've started designing a bench to put around the courthouse so people would know this individual meant a lot to Grayson County and served his country well," Woodroof said.

Sheriff, U.S. Marshal, and Air Force badges will be displayed on his bench.

"Sheriff Gary is a personal friend of mine," said Grayson County judge Bill Magers. "He's given back, so its wholly appropriate we as a commissioners court honor him and his legacy."

Gary was sheriff for 20 years and in law enforcement for 46. He developed a new jail program and added 200 beds for inmates. He was also a dedicated volunteer for several organizations.

"I'm humbled by his service to the county and feel people like him need the recognition to inspire other people to do things like he has," Woodroof said.

The bench will be no cost to the county and should go up in the next few weeks.

Gary is currently in the hospital following a hip injury. His friends and family are asking for prayers.