The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office joined Ms. Mary Ann Wilson in celebrating her retirement after 8 years of serving the community. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the office held a virtual celebration via Zoom.
“I love everyone of you,” said Wilson as she addressed her JCSO family with tears in her eyes. “You all have been there for me and I will miss you. I want to thank Sheriff Woods for allowing me to continue to work for the sheriff’s office and making me feel like a family member.”
Wilson began her career with JCSO in 2012. She was dedicated to service in many divisions of the office where she served as an Administrative Assistant, effectively carrying out the administrative duties required to ensure that the office operates efficiently.
“Ms. Mary has been a mother to the sheriff’s office and she will be greatly missed as she begins this new chapter of her life,” said Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. “It is hard to find good, dedicated and mature employees like Ms. Mary. The vacancy created by her retirement will be difficult to fill.”
Many other former and current employees joined the celebration and expressed congratulatory thoughts for Wilson.
Civil/Warrants Lieutenant Anthony Craig thanked Wilson for her service and her love of the job and for the employees.
Chief Deputy Stanley James expressed his gratitude for Wilson’s work ethic, personality and warm embrace as the mother of the sheriff’s office.
Former Patrol Captain Thaddeus Handley described Wilson as a symbol of love and expressed his gratitude for her always taking care of the patrolmen and anyone else who needed help. “She would always go above and beyond to give to any of us who were in need,” said Handley.