LONG LAKE - Longtime Hamilton County Sheriff Douglas A. Parker has announced his retirement. The 67-year-old resident of Long Lake has served the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department for 40 years and follows a long line of family members who served in similar positions in the department.
He began his service when he was appointed to the position of jailer by his father Arthur E. Parker in 1964. He was the elected to Sheriff upon his father's retirement in 1983.
Parker is said to have a dedication to the rehabilitation of those in the county's criminal justice system.
"I'd describe Doug as one of those rare individuals that can project authority, that isn't questioned, and still has the ability to listen and empathize, almost like a social worker," said Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chair William Farber.
While serving as Jailer, Parker lived above the jail with his wife, showing a dedication to the job that few could match.
"He's seriously going to be missed. We have a department that's second to none in how they handle people," said Hamilton County Judge S. Peter Feldstein. "More young people get turned around because of their interactions with the department, and that's all because of him."
A retirement party was held last week for Parker at the Oak Mountain Ski Center in Speculator and nearly 250 people attended.