Sgt. Patricia Smith has worked within the department for three decades, but has decided to retire and spend time with her family.
Throughout her career, Sgt. Smith has received Deputy, Corporal and Sergeant ranks within the Montgomery County Sheriff's department.
A Certificate of Accommodation was given to the Sgt. who became supervisor of the warrants and records division, was the first African American female to achieve the rank of sergeant and was recognized for her work supervising the warrant division.
"You reach those positions by virtue of professionalism, hard work and ability," stressed Commissioner Bruce Castor.
"Your experience, it can't be touched," said Lieutenant Tom McDonald, "I thank you for everything you have given to this department."
"Throughout her career, she has been recognized for outstanding dedication and performance of duties," said Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr. "Her efforts have gained her respect not only in this department but also other departments through out our state." Sheriff Behr is the first female sheriff, which Smith has stated made her ecstatic.
Smith has resided within Norristown for her entire life, attending school there as well. Aside from her duties within the department, she also volunteers her time helping prepare and serve meals for those in Montgomery County.
"It's been my pleasure to be with the county, to experience some history making," said the Sergeant who encouraged others to "give change a change."
"I just want to thank you for all that you have done for our county," said Commissioner Leslie S. Richards.