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Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith publicly announced on Tuesday night that he would be retiring in two months.
And, after doing so, Smith encouraged the Fayette County Board to appoint another Chris, Chief Deputy Chris Palmer, as his successor.
Smith, who has served as this county’s sheriff since December 2014, told county board members that after retiring on March 31, he and his family will be moving to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
“I’ve enjoyed myself, enjoyed being sheriff of the county,” Smith said. “I’ve met a lot of great people, (had) a lot of great experiences.
“It’s been an awesome ride. I hope I left the sheriff’s department in a better place than I found it,” he said.
“You guys have some great people in the sheriff’s department, you got great people at the county building,” Smith told county board members.
“I hear all the stories from other sheriffs, (when) we talk at our conferences, and I have no complaints when I sit at another sheriff’s table and talk, and you should be proud of that,” he said. “That’s not me, that’s not what I’ve done, that’s what all you have.”
In endorsing Chris Palmer as his successor, Smith said that Palmer has been a great asset since joining his department as chief deputy in July of last year.
“He has brought us into the age of computer technology,” Smith said.
“The guy has been a blessing,” Smith said. “Since he came in as my chief deputy, he’s taken us to a better place than he found it.”