Jan 13, 2016

Long-time Cody area deputy retires from sheriff's office

After 37 years in law enforcement, Park County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Pennell has retired.

Pennell, who patrolled the Cody area, called it a career on Tuesday. He'd spent the last 17 years with the Sheriff's Office.

Retiring Park County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Pennell poses with a plaque of appreciation alongside Sheriff Scott Steward. Photo courtesy Park County Sheriff's Office
The Park County Sheriff’s Office thanked Pennell for his service and wished him the best in his retirement in a Wednesday post to the department's Facebook page. A number of well-wishes poured in from fellow officers and community members.

"You will be missed. It has always been such a comfort to see you show up when I needed help," wrote one Cody resident. "Thank you for your service to this community. Cody has been a safer place because of 'your watch'."

This is actually Pennell's second retirement from a law enforcement job: he previously retired
from the Hillsbourough County, Florida, Sheriff's Office after serving that county for 20 years. However, after moving to Wyoming in 1999, he took a position with the Greybull Police Department and soon moved over to Park County.

Pennell is also a veteran; he served three years in the U.S. Army before starting his career in law enforcement.

Pennell now plans to move back to Florida to be near his son, who's a deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office

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