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Sheriff's office honors retiring investigator
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Sheriff Ted Paxton, left, presents John Risner with a plaque Friday during his retirement party. - photo by Autumn Vetter


Following careers that started on the railway and ended in law enforcement, John Risner said he’s ready to hit the open road.

Risner was commended Friday during a retirement ceremony for his 13 years and eight months of service with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

“I can say something about everybody,” said Risner, adding that he can remember small details about all of those he has worked with over the years. “Thanks everybody.”

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton thanked Risner, whose first career was from 1967-85 as a conductor and brakeman with Norfolk Southern Railway, and congratulated him.

“I know that a couple months ago when you announced you were going to retire, it was obviously a little bit of a shock, but we all understood and wish you well,” Paxton said.

The sheriff noted that Risner worked for the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office from 1990-98 and then came to Forsyth “and we’ve been fortunate to have him ever since.”

“Thank you for everything,” Paxton said.

Risner began his tenure with the local agency in court services. He then moved to the warrants unit and finally worked as an internal affairs investigator.

Risner said he and his wife, Betty, who also retired last week, have three trips planned before April. After that, they plan to head out West for six weeks on a motorcycle.