Brenda Hadaway marked her retirement from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office with friends and family during a recent celebration.
"They always say home is where the heart is and for 12 years my home has been here and my heart will still always be here with all of you," she said.
"I'll miss you greatly, but I still want to be part of the family."
Sheriff Ted Paxton and others honored the victim advocate during a reception Friday afternoon at the agency's North Precinct.
Paxton described Hadaway, who started as an administrative specialist with the sheriff's office in 1999, as a "determined and dedicated" employee.
He explained that Hadaway researched victim advocate programs because she thought having one would benefit the office.
He said he wasn't surprised that she applied for the position once it was created.
"Hands down, she was obviously the one to pick and she took on that responsibility," said Paxton, adding that he hopes to be able to replace her.
"I do see, realize and understand the tremendous amount of work that y'all do, what happens and how you help everybody."