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Franklin County sheriff says goodbye

Written by Becky Metrick/Chambersburg Public Opinion | Jan 6, 2016 10:31 AM
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Dane Anthony holds in his hands his name plate inside the Franklin County Sheriff Department in Chambersburg, Pa. on Thursday. Dec. 31, 2015.(Photo: Noelle Haro-Gomez/Public Opinion)

(Chambersburg) -- Born and raised in Franklin County, a James Buchanan Rocket for life, Sheriff Dane Anthony has spent the last 24 years living and working in his hometown, a place he loves. So what convinced him to take a step back after all these years?

One answer, simply put:

"There's so much more we could have done here in the sheriff's office, so much more we could have accomplished, if we had more cooperative partnering in the form of county government," Anthony said.

Anthony had enough, he said, but frustration in the position was not the only factor. On top of that, he said, he has been planning for the life he could lead upon retirement sine 1986. He wanted to be comfortable, and right now, he said he believes he will retire very comfortably.

"I will be able to partake in my hobbies a lot more. I'll be able to spend more time with my grandson. I have another grandson on the way, so my grandsons hopefully," Anthony said. "I'll be able to spend some time with them, just spend more time with family and friends."

Anthony is clear, his frustrations never came from the people in his department or around his everyday work environment.

"That's what's going to be tough. It's going to be tough for me to walk out of here tomorrow and say goodbye. This is my home away from home, my family away from my family," Anthony said. "And with that being said, it's very comforting to know that I'm handing over a terrific staff to Jim Brown.'

Anthony believes his department was able to bring the Sheriff's office "to another level" with a variety of accomplishments. Anthony created the warrant division when he became sheriff, an area he said was being neglected before he took office.

"We are very active in working the warrants," Anthony said. "My staff, we're very aggressive. We're just very vibrant and active and aggressive in everything they do here."

Anthony also set new standards for who he would hire as a deputy, having them pass a PT test before they even go to the sheriff's academy. He has worked to build a larger staff than they had when they started, and update everyone's training and equipment.

One of Anthony's biggest contributions was the addition of a Sally Port at the courthouse, or a secure and enclosed area where inmates from the jail can be brought into the courthouse and holding cells.

But again, Anthony is the most proud of the people he ended up surrounding himself with.

"I'm really proud of the quality of people that we have here. All the way from the security guards, our clerks, our deputies, we just have a good, real good bunch of people," Anthony said. And it's more than his office, he said.

"I'm gonna miss some of the meetings, seeing the people at those meetings. I'm going to miss some of the decisions that are made, that's fun," Anthony said. "It gives you sense of accomplishment, whenever you're making a decision that you really feel is going to keep people safe."

Things he is not disappointed in leaving behind? 150 emails a day, the added stress. But all of that never soured the experience.

"I'm going to miss putting my uniform on. I'm proud of this uniform, I'm proud of this office," Anthony said. "I'm proud of where we've brought the office."

Anthony is excited to step back and start the next phase of his life in Franklin County.

"I can't thank those that have put their trust and believed in me, I can't thank them enough for everything they've done for me," Anthony said. "Whether it's the support, the votes, the signs, the backing. Whatever, you know. I'm proud to be from Franklin County."

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