WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office held a luncheon Friday afternoon to say good bye to Deputy “Randy” Mitchell, a long serving county deputy and school resource officer.

Prior to his employment with the county’s sheriff’s office, Mitchell served in the Virginia Department of Corrections, where he began his career in law enforcement.

Mitchell was hired by the sheriff’s office in 1995 and became one of the county’s first school resource officers.

Though the deputy served in schools throughout the county, Mitchell may best be remembered for his service at Fort Chiswell High School, where he served during the final years of his assignment.

Robbie Patton, Fort Chiswell High School Principal, described Mitchell as being well known among the students, adding “We’re going to miss him – he cared about the kids.”

Patton’s sentiments were echoed by Wythe County Sheriff Doug King, Friday afternoon.

“Randy has shown great personal integrity. He’s been steadfast, loyal and hard working,” said King.

When asked about his plans for retirement, Deputy Mitchell said that he is excited about the thought of spending more time with his family.

“I’m going to miss the kids and staff at the schools, as well as my family at the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office,” said Mitchell.

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