Stephens County_Jimmie Bruner, Stephens County's first elected female sheriff, has announced that she won't be running again. Sheriff Bruner says she will finish the year, and plans on spending more time with her family after serving seven years in the post.
Bruner's staff says she's 'one in a million." Deputy Chief Bob Hill has known Sheriff Bruner most of his life. He says she's one of the most caring individuals he's ever known. "She's a good Christian, and she's just wonderful."
But, one of her biggest fans is Lieutenant Rodney Richards. He says it came as no surprise when Bruner was named Sheriff of the Year by the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association. Richards says she deserved it, and her position as the first elected female sheriff in the county has been an inspiration. "It gave us an extra incentive to do a better job," he says. "It was kind of a man's world, but she has proved them wrong. She always lights the office up when she comes in. Everybody could be dragging around, but when she comes in everyone perks up."
Both Richards and Hill say Bruner loves to teach - something many may not have known. She educates the public, informs children about the danger of drugs, and advocates for women.
Her staff says she will be missed, and whoever her successor will have big shoes to fill. "Everyone around here will miss her," says Hill. "It becomes more than a job."