Lincoln County Deputy Charles Howard Riney has called it a career after 40 years of service to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He was honored in a crowded room full of friends, co-workers and well-wishers on Jan. 15. Deputy Riney served as both a reserve and full-time deputy since 1973.
Sheriff John Cottle presented Riney with an appreciation plaque recognizing his service to the public and Lincoln County.
“I started working for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Arlee Creech in 1973 after receiving a military disability as a result of Vietnam. A few years later, I went off to work for the Postal Service from 1976 to 2005 but kept my reserve status with the sheriff’s office working part-time,” said Deputy Riney.
Deputy Riney coordinated the Lincoln County Fair security for 15 years and was the assistant county coroner for 12 years. In 2005, Deputy Riney worked full-time as a court bailiff until his retirement.
“You don’t work in this business for 40 years and not make a lot of friends and amass a great deal of stories,” said Sheriff Cottle. “I am appreciative of Deputy Riney’s contribution to the community and I am glad to call him my friend. My coffee pot is always on and he is always welcomed.”