By Anne Meyer
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
8:40 PM CST, December 12, 2012
He still has two days left on the job, but this afternoon Sedgwick County Sheriff Bob Hinshaw received his retirement badge.
"Hired on 7-17-79 and formally pulling the plug on 12-12-12", Hinshaw said.
He's come a long way since those early years as a deputy. During his career with Sedgwick county, Hinshaw has met U.S. presidents, trained with the secret service, and received numerous awards. Now each momento is headed to his house.
"After 33 years, it will be nice to know what a stress-free life is like," Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw says what he'll miss most is the people
"The women and men of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office are some of the most fabulous people I've ever had the pride of working with," Hinshaw said.
He got to say a final goodbye to many of his co-workers wednesday afternoon, at his official retirement reception. Hinshaw's mother and wife, Jan, were also there. She too is a former colleague.
"She worked here in records, that is where we met and fell in love and got married," Hinshaw said.
Their 27th wedding anniversary is Thursday, December 13th. Hinshaw says both are looking forward to spending some extra time together.
"That is also my goal is to stay at home and be a kept man," Hinshaw said. "My wife is good with that as long as I have dinner ready for her every night. She tells me I am a pretty good cook, so I am looking forward to that as well."
New sheriff Jeff Easter will take over duties on Monday, December 17.
Hinshaw says he will continue to serve on the boards of three agencies; Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Envision Foundation and the Quivira Council of Boy Scouts.
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