LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Friends and family packed into Judge Paul White's courtroom to celebrate one of their own retiring.
Director of Angelina County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Rodney Thompson said his last day was bittersweet.
Thompson spent 32 years in the business, 7 of them right here in Angelina County.
He says what he will miss the most is seeing people change their lives.
"I've met some people. Actually got to know them after they got off probation where a couple of them became friends of mine and they really make some changes in their life and I think that's the best part when you see people make some dramatic changes in their life and so that's been great and the other part is just the friends that I've made over the years that's been really special to me," said Thompson.
Thompson says although he is retiring he's not going anywhere. He and his family are staying here in the community and they plan to do work with Red Cross disaster response teams and with their church.