On Tuesday, December 22, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office held a luncheon in honor of two valued members of the CCSO family who are retiring on December 31. Sheriff Mark Hunter took the opportunity to thank them for their service, commitment, and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County by presenting them with plaques and gifts for their exceptional service.
Ms. Sara Kirkpatrick began her career at CCSO in 1986. She finished her 29.5 year career assigned to the Fiscal Section. Her amazing work ethic drew praise from the Sheriff, who told an adoring crowd of friends and family, “Ms. Sara has a special place in our hearts, she can always be counted on to get things done; she’s a doer. When something needs to get done, she is always the first to jump in and bring it to a successful conclusion. ” Her professional demeanor and kind spirit will be greatly missed throughout the agency.
Chief Deputy, Major Wallace Kitchings began his career in 1985 as a CCSO patrol deputy. Throughout the last 30.5 years, Major Kitchings held various positions in the agency, SWAT, K9 handler, detective, supervisor, and command staff climbing to the rank of Major and being named Chief Deputy. Sheriff Hunter personally thanked Major Kitchings for his leadership and friendship. He was ceremoniously promoted to the rank of Colonel. Col Kitchings leaves behind a legacy of leadership which will affect CCSO for generations.
We wish them both the very best in the future.