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12 years in, Sheriff Barry Virts moves on

by WayneTimes.com
January 4, 2022

On Thursday (12/30) staff and friends were on hand for his final walk out of the Public Safety Building in Lyons. Sheriff Barry Virts then concluded a 44 year career with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, 12 as Sheriff.

“The opportunities I was presented at every stage of my career as a correction officer, deputy sheriff, sergeant, criminal investigator, lieutenant of criminal investigations, chief deputy in charge of the jail facility and as sheriff. Every step of the journey was challenging and rewarding giving me the ability to help and connect people and services.”

“Without our sincere and genuine personal connections, all the equipment, technology and money solves nothing without one’s integrity and actions to being trusted and respected. Law enforcement is a person-toperson business that needs the trust and respect by all parties involved to be effective and efficient.

I lived the dream I had as a teenager by hard work, my dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and victim at every stage of my career and my commitment to continue to learn, evolve, help people and understanding empathy.

I loved my career, and as Sheriff it took every minute of my life these past 12 years.”

Challenges?

“The opportunities out weighed the challenges.....I committed myself to continuing to learn and enhance the services at every position I was assigned.”

Greatest memories?

"How people (Sheriff's Office employees, our partners and the communities) pull together during difficult time. Every investigation had a victim and I wanted to make the victim and their family as whole Sheriff Barry Virts, joined by his wife Sandy, leaving the Wayne County Public Safety building on Thursday afternoon.

as possible during those difficult times.”

Advice for Sheriff-elect Robert Milby?

“To listen, be humble and make decisions concerning all entities involved. Look through a spectrum of lenses when addressing issues, not just from one point of view.

Being Sheriff is more than arresting people, it is helping people through difficult times."

What’s next?

“Sandra and I are going to winter in Florida. This winter just decompressing by getting into better shape physically, relaxing pool side reading and

playing golf. “

“My next chapter is a blank canvas...... kind of like being 12 years old again, getting on your bicycle in the morning, having fun with your buddies all day, and everything is good as long as you’re home by supper.”

“Seriously, I will get involved with something to help people in need. I am just not sure what that will be right now.

It will be an adjustment from the long hours of worrying about everyone else’s problems and concerns. But, it will be nice that my time will be my time to do whatever I want, whenever I want!”

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