Deputy Kaye Wagner was awarded a plaque for her 20 years of service to the Terry County Sheriff’s Office.
Kaye is a Brownfield native and is married to Judge Butch Wagner. Kaye began her years with the Department working in the jail. “People say you usually can only make it for five years in the jail, before you have to go on to something else. I guess I am a slow learner. I lasted 15!” stated Kaye.
She stated that she has been with the Department through three sheriffs. First Sheriff Jerry Johnson, then Sheriff Larry Gilbreath, and finally Sheriff Timothy Click.
Click stated, “I love having Kaye here. She is the one who has literally done everything in each aspect of the Sheriff’s Office. She is the go to person when anyone needs anything. Kaye is a great team member and always willing to help anyone. Terry County has been fortunate to have her for the last 20 years, we hope for many more to come.”
The best part, according to Kaye is helping people. “The best part is being able to be out and to be able to know you are helping people. There are so many people around the country who have this idea that law enforcement is always bad, and that is just not the case. When we can truly help someone, that is the best part of our job.”
On the other side of the coin, there are those heartbreaking things that happen. “When I first started working here, there was a lady in jail. Since then we have seen her husband and every one of her children. That is just heartbreaking. That cycle has to be broken somewhere,” stated Kaye. You can tell by listening to her, she truly has a heart for those she serves, no matter which side of the law they land.
One thing Kaye talked about was the camaraderie among the officers and others who work in the Terry County Law Enforcement Center. “We are together so much. We are truly family. I know you see that with the blue line and all that, but it really is the truth. We are absolutely a family here. We care about each other and care about those we serve.”
Thank you to Kaye for your years of dedicated service to this community.