* a time for change …

Posted on September 16th, 2009 by melinda in my not so normal family


This post is for the 3.5 of you who read my blog for a reason other than a) it’s easier than listening to me complain about you not reading b) you are bored out of your mind and this is better than counting ceiling tiles for the next hour or c) you ended up here by mistake when you clicked the wrong button somewhere along the line.

If you fit that profile, than you may not yet know the news I am about to share with you.  It’s not really breaking news anymore but to me, it’s important news.  As of September 30th 2009, my dad will be retiring as our County’s Sheriff.  He has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 33 years, I don’t really remember a time when he didn’t work there.  He has lost a primary election, gone on to win a primary election and 2 general elections.  To say that I am proud of him would never come close to expressing the admiration I have for my father.  In my opinion, he is the greatest dad in the world, I’m glad he’s mine (even if I have to share him with my little brother).  Speaking of my brother, I expect my dad will be spending some quality time with Thad, Brad & Emma Joy in TN.  I must admit, there are very very many things I will miss about him being at work.  I will miss hearing his voice in the court house.  I will miss being able to talk to him anytime of the day I choose.  I will miss the days we have lunch together.  I will not miss being made a hero.  FYI, if my father ever says to you “c’mere, I’m fixin’ to make a hero outta you” … run.  Do not walk, run.  Run far far away.  At the same time, I am excited for him, excited to see where life will take him, what new adventures will be on his horizons.  Last I heard, Anna was making a list and skydiving was at the top.  If I were a betting person, I’d bet his feet will stay planted firmly on the ground. 

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers over the next weeks.  This is not a decision he arrived at easily.  He has a deep sense of public responsibility, dedication and service.  Change is never an easy thing, even if it is earned and well deserved.  Also, dad and our County in general, are fortunate to have an incredible staff at our Sheriff’s Office.  They work hard for you and for me.  They risk their lives daily to keep us safe.   I would ask that you also keep them in mind, every day.

Thank you all so very much for all that you’ve done for him and our entire family.


6 Comments on “* a time for change …”

  1. Jodie

    Congradulations to Hayden on his retirement.( and Happy belated birthday, too)

  2. Amanda Lail

    Myself and my mom (Kaye Greene), who had the pleasure of working with him for many of those 30+ some years through Social Services wish him the best. He deserves it! He has served the community well. I know he put me at ease, along with other members of the Sheriff’s Dept., when my next door neighbor was murdered a few years back. Hayden was out here everyday with the other detectives until they caught the person. To me that is a true Sheriff. Other counties you dont see the Sheriff out, you just see all the detectives. Enjoy it Hayden! May this new chapter in your life fill you with great pleasure!

  3. Michele

    I can’t say that I am happy about losing my boss and friend, but I do wish him the best. I truly will not miss being made a hero! We will miss you Hayden, don’t be a stranger around the office. Go out and enjoy life to the fullest!

  4. Stan Durmire

    Now you tell me to run!! Hayden has made a hero out of me a hundred times lol. Hayden is a very good friend

  5. melinda

    Holy cow … daddy Durmire left me a comment! what a nice surprise. And daddy Durmire … c’mere lemme make a hero outta ya. if I were you, i would keep right on enjoying that retirement thing, maybe the retired dad’s could take their children to lunch one day.

  6. Marjorie Markham

    I was shocked and elated at the news when I saw it. Having seen your dad at the last ballgame (when he didn’t tell me it was his bday, nor did Chrisi) I probably would have cried if he had told me what he was about to do. He has been there for me so many times with his kind words when I would rant about my kids and their growing up pains (you know, the kind that could get you in trouble). I will never forget him telling Kayla to call him, NOT ME, if she found herself in a tough situation where mom would go off the handle. I truly think she would have called him if it ever had happened. You, your dad and all your family mean the world to me. You were one of the firsts to accept this yankee into your neighborhood, to work with your mother, AND to coach your girls for many years. I will miss Hayden being in office. He actually got his republican to vote for him and Seth. I hope he still comes to the football games and next time, you need to come too. Tell him I said “CONGRATULATIONS”.

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