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Parting shot

Jackie Matheny might receive a parting gift for his retirement, his service weapon, if the full Warren County Commission approves.

The county Financial Management Committee received a request from Warren County Sheriff Tommy Myers to allow him to present the retired sheriff with the firearm.

“The sheriff’s department asks that the weapon being carried by Jackie Matheny, retired, be marked as surplus and awarded to him as a retirement gift to Mr. Matheny,” said County Executive Jimmy Haley, who read the letter request. “He served 24 years before retiring. For his humble service, we ask to award him his service weapon as a token of our appreciation for his dedication and willingness to protect our community.”

McMinnville Police Department, per city of McMinnville policy, allows officers who retire in good standing with at least 25 years of service to keep their service weapon, as well as their badge. However, Warren County government has no similar policy.

“When I was asked, I said I couldn’t approve it,” said Haley. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want to approve it. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t find anything in county policy that allows me to do that. I told him I would bring it before the committee.”

Committee members unanimously approved the request. The full commission will consider the recommendation on Oct. 15 at 6: 30 p.m. at the Warren County Administrative Office Building on Locust Street.