The turnout at Sheriff Sid Causey's retirement ceremony Monday night showed just how many lives Causey has touched throughout his career. "When you're in law enforcement, you get recognized a lot, but it's not always positive, so to see good friends and supporters, it just really makes you feel good," said the New Hanover County sheriff. The event was a celebration of Causey, from his early days as a Carolina Beach lifeguard to working for the county Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, to becoming the top law enforcement officer in the county - overseeing more than 400 employees. "I feel a sense of some accomplishment, and just knowing that I do have a good staff, and a good man coming in to replace me, so I'm comfortable with that," Causey said. Chief Deputy Ed McMahon will take over. Among those who recognized the sheriff: the FBI, Secret Service, Wilmington Police Department, and the offices of Governor Perdue and Congressman Mike McIntyre. Former Wilimington mayor, David Jones said, "I saw him come up in the ranks in the department - one of the best drug enforcement officers we've ever had." Causey and his wife India are staying local, in the county on which the sheriff has without a doubt, left his mark. "He's a classy individual, he's made us a great sheriff and he's highly respected not only here, but all law enforcement across the country," added Jones. One way the sheriff will enjoy retirement: he said he and his wife plan to take a cross county road trip with some friends.
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