On Thursday, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office held their annual employee appreciation barbeque.
Sheriff James Woodruff says they hold the event every year to promote camaraderie among sheriff’s office staff and to give them a reward for their hard work. The sheriff’s office also hosts holiday luncheon between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a similar purpose.
Woodruff began holding the luncheons after taking office and they have been a hit ever since.
“I’m just thankful and proud to work with the best 170 people in the world,” said Woodruff opening the event. “Thank you for all of your hard work each and every day.”
All Sheriff’s Office employees —excluding command staff— were given raffle tickets, where 40 lucky winners were able take home a prize of $50.
Sheriff’s deputies and jailors were joined by retired sheriff’s office staff, honored guests, and friends of the department.
Sheriff Woodruff used the event to recognize retiring chaplain, Mickey Lynn, and thanked him for his ten years of service to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.
Woodruff also took the opportunity to have everyone pray for Deputy Billy Baker, who has recently been diagnosed with stage IV cancer. The Sheriff’s Office and the Blue Knights are hosting a benefit motorcycle/Jeep/hot rod ride on August 10 at the Elks Lodge in La-Grange.
The ride is set to start at 11 a.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m. The ride is $25 per vehicle and $5 per passenger, which includes lunch. A live auction with donated items will also be held.
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Tommy Murphy Staff Writer