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Madge Winch retires from Sheriff’s Department

FARMINGTON – When Madge Winch talked to then-St. Francois County Sheriff Ken Buckley about a paper she was writing on neighborhood watch programs for a public speaking class she was taking, he gave her the information she was needing and a job.

&#8220Do you need a job?” Winch recalls Buckley asking. &#8220I need a clerk.”

That’s how her 18-year job at the sheriff’s department began. On Friday, sheriff’s department staff surprised her with a party for her retirement.

Winch said she had already been out to lunch with her co-workers and had cake to celebrate her retirement so she was not suspecting this.

She was given a plaque from Sheriff Dan Bullock, a resolution from the county commission, and a &#8220nice bouquet of roses in a pretty vase.”

Winch said she has been semi-retired since October. With her 62nd birthday coming up, she decided it was time to retire. She will remain as a reserve officer for the department, though.

With no big plans for retirement, other than relaxing and taking care of her yard, she said retirement is bittersweet.

&#8220When I got cancer five years ago, Dan was so good to me,” she said. &#8220He let me work when I wanted. Everyone has been good to me. I couldn’t have done it without their support.”

Winch, who eventually decided to go through the police academy, worked under Buckley, Sheriff Jack Cade and Bullock. She worked in the office seven years and also worked with the task force.

It was Bullock who first put her out on the road. She has worked as a civil process server for the past several years.

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