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December 20--  Ribbon-cutting for the new Montgomery County Sheriff's Office was held Thursday afternoon.

{mosimage}Veteran county Sheriff Clarence Sanders cut the ribbon only days before he leaves office and a 30-year career in law enforcement.

The previous sheriff's office and county jail were condemned by the Fire Marshall and have been replaced by a parking lot adjacent to the new $240,000 building.

"It's a nice facility and I think the people in the county will enjoy it before it's over with," Sheriff Sanders observed.

He also took the opportunity to express his thanks.

"I hate to go, but I hate to stay.  I'd like to thank the people for working with me and for being as good as they have been," he said.

Sheriff Sanders' first job in law enforcement was as a part-time deputy for his brother-in-law, the late Sheriff Jim Higgs, whom he called, "One of the best."

"The first thing that motivated me was working with the people.  I love the people of Montgomery County and I wanted to serve and protect the people of Montgomery County," he said.