Commissioners honor longtime constable

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Wise County commissioners Monday honored former Precinct 2 Constable Leonard Denney for 30 years of work in Wise County law enforcement.

He began working at the Sheriff’s Office in 1983 as a jailer before being elected as constable in 1996. He served in that post from Jan. 1, 1997, until Dec. 31, 2012, choosing not to run for re-election.

“…you did a wonderful service to the state and county, and we appreciate you very much,” said Terri Johnson, Precinct 2 justice of the peace, as she presented him with a plaque honoring his time as constable.

County Judge Bill McElhaney gave him a second plaque honoring his entire career with the county, noting “this wasn’t his first rodeo here as the JP for Precinct 2.”

“I do appreciate the recognition,” Denney said. “I’ve met a lot of wonderful people in my years in law enforcement and as constable and a special thanks to the sheriff and his assistants for doing the job we have to do.

“I never called on them when they didn’t show up and thanks to the judge for putting up with me,” he said.

Denney’s wife, Angela, was also present.

His family is hosting a retirement party for Denney 6 to 7 p.m. today at Gayla’s Hospitality, 262 CR 3503, in Bridgeport. The public is invited.

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