CHIPLEY — Sheriff Bobby Haddock was thankful Monday during the swearing in ceremony held for him and other sworn Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
The sheriff said he was thankful not only to be re-elected to office, but thankful for his friends, family, staff, and above all, he was thankful for his parents, Clifton and Shelby Haddock, and the way he was raised to believe in God.
“God, family, church and job, those are my priorities,” Haddock said. “I feel we have been truly blessed in our department, and I believe that if you take these priorities to heart, then you will have a blessed, fruitful life and career.”
A seventh-generation Washington County resident, Sheriff Haddock has spent over 34 years in law enforcement in the state of Florida.
The sheriff said that he prays daily for guidance, and that he felt the Lord had blessed the sheriff’s office and helped it through troubled times and the tough economy. “I am thankful I have not had to tell one person yet to ‘go home, because you no longer have a job.’” Haddock said he felt it was with God’s help that the department and his leadership were successful.
The Bible, on which Haddock took his oath of office, was given to him by his parents just four days before he began his law enforcement career in 1978, and he said the book is “best self-help manual ever written.”
“Thank you, mom and dad, for teaching me the value of this book and for your prayers and encouragement over the years,” he said. “Thank you for instilling in me the values of God.”
Haddock joked that as the child of a pastor, he had a “drug” problem — “We were drug to church every Sunday morning and every Sunday evening, and most Wednesdays.” He noted that of his father’s 15 siblings, three of the eight boys became ministers.
He also thanked his wife Laura for her boundless support during his career. “Thank you for your love, encouragement and commitment.”
Haddock said that without the commitment and dedication of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office employees and officers, he could not do his job.
“I consider being a public servant a great honor and I do not take it lightly,” Haddock said. “And I would ask the citizens of Washington County to pray for our elected county, state and federal officials for guidance in all they do.”