Grayson County Commissioners took time out of their weekly meeting Tuesday to honor retiring Jail Detention Sgt. James L. Woodson for his 15 years of service at the jail.

Woodson began working at the jail in 2003 and has held many positions there including detention officer, deputy, corporal and sergeant.

“James Woodson has been a dedicated and accomplished employee while serving Grayson County, professionally performing each and every duty with honor and virtue; and his efforts and skills have been significant in upholding the integrity of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers read from a proclamation for Woodson.

“I appreciate everything you have done for me,” Detention Capt. Brian Ford said to Woodson and told commissioners Woodson would be greatly missed. “You don’t go out and replace someone with his knowledge, expertise, dedication and commitment overnight. We are going to have to train somebody to fill those shoes.”

Ford said when he started at the jail in 2009, Woodson trained him and helped to mold him.

“I hate to see him go and he is always welcomed back at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office,” Ford said.

Friday is Woodson’s last day at the jail and a reception was held for him earlier this week.