Chief Deputy Bobby Garmon officially turned in his resignation letter today and will retire from the Smith County Sheriff’s Office effective December 31, 2012.

The former candidate for Smith County Sheriff has been with the department for more than 32 years and was hired by Sheriff J. B. Smith as a deputy in 1980 and worked his way up the ranks to Chief Deputy.

December 6, 2012

Sheriff J.B. Smith:

Please accept this letter as official notice of retirement from my position as Chief Deputy, effective December 31, 2012. The opportunity I have had working under your supervision for the past thirty two years and ten months have meant a lot to me. I have learned from the best during my tenure. You gave me the opportunity to work up through the ranks, starting as deputy and retiring as Chief Deputy. I know without a doubt that starting this new chapter in my life has everything to do with your mentoring and friendship throughout my years with Smith County Sheriff's Office. As you, I will remain active within the community and look forward to maintaining our friendship and working relationship in the years to come.

Again, thank you High Sheriff for everything.

Bobby Garmon
Chief Deputy
Smith County Sheriff's Office

A retirement reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.

Another reception will also be held Friday, Dec. 21 to Honor Chief Garmon, retiring Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith, Chief Gary Pinkerton, and Harvey Tanner. The reception will be held at the Smith County Courthouse Annex at 200 E. Ferguson.