Several active and retired law enforcement personnel along with several family members and friends packed the basement of the Audrain County Courthouse last Thursday for a Retirement Party honoring retiring Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller.

“I appreciate all of the support I’ve had from the community over the years,” Sheriff Miller told the large crowd. “I’ve had very good deputies working for me, employees working for me that have made me look good.”

He went on to say that he’s appreciated his working relationships with many agencies in Audrain County, the highway patrol, water patrol, conservation, among a list of others.

Newly elected Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller opened the event by making a few remarks before presenting Sheriff Miller with a special card and gift.

“I want to wish Stuart well,” he said. “I’m very proud to have worked here and I’m even more proud to have been able to call Stuart a friend.”

Lt. Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, the assistant superintendent for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was joined by several active and retired troopers.

“You’ve been a great law enforcement ambassador…” she said.

Lt. Colonel Karsten also said Sheriff Miller is a friend and mentor.

“Troopers try not to tell everybody but Audrain County is the best kept secret,” she added. “It’s the best place to work in the state because of the relationship we have with everyone…”

She also presented a plaque to Sheriff Miller recognizing him for his years of service.

Master Sergeant Doug McPike talked about his history with Sheriff Miller that dates back to when McPike came out of the academy about 30 years ago. He noted the special relationship that this local zone of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has with the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office.

He also said he was thankful for Sheriff Miller being like a brother to him and offering him a needed outlet through the years. McPike also talked about their enjoyment of older TV sitcoms.

Audrain County Conservation Agent Norman Steelman also made a few remarks while joined by some colleagues and presented Sheriff Miller a plaque. Refreshments were also served during the event that was held from 2-4 p.m.

From the Vandalialeader.com