Jefferson County Commissioners honored Deputy in Corrections John Austin who, after more than 26 years of dedicated service to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, is retiring.
“John H. Austin has dedicated his talents and pledged his services as a corrections officer at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility … and has made an outstanding contribution to law enforcement and the quality of criminal justice in the … office, serving as a deputy at the Correctional Facility, Work Release and in the Transfer Department,” the Jefferson County Commissioners Court resolution reads. “Through hard work and commitment to excellence, John … has earned the respect of his colleagues and the citizens of Jefferson County.”
“We worked together for many, many years,” Pct. No. 2 Commissioner Brent Weaver said of his working relationship with Austin. “He will be greatly missed and a lot of experience leaves with John.”
Before leaving his position as Deputy in Corrections, Austin spoke a few words of appreciation to the Court at the Monday, June 2, meeting.
“It’s been a blessing working for Jefferson County, and it has been an honor working under … Sheriff Mitch Woods,” Austin said.
Sheriff Mitch Woods presented Austin with an official gold Jefferson County watch.
“He was in the sheriff’s office when i became sheriff,” Woods said. “He’s been a steady employee and has done some important work. Day in and day out he’s out there doing service for the community. John, I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for us and the time you’ve given the county.”