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Passing of the Torch: A Legacy Continues at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office


In a deeply honored tradition within the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Michael Severance, who has held the prestigious badge number 1 for half a century, symbolically passed on the mantle of responsibility to his successor, Deputy Everett Hall. This poignant moment marks the transition of leadership within the corridors of law enforcement in the county.

Deputy Severance, a legend within the department, has dedicated five decades to serving and protecting the community. His commitment and unwavering dedication have set a standard for excellence that resonates throughout the Sheriff’s Office.

As he prepares for a well-deserved retirement, Deputy Severance chose Deputy Everett Hall, a seasoned veteran with nearly 39 years of service under his belt, to carry on the legacy he leaves behind. The passing of the badge from one respected officer to another symbolizes the continuity of values and commitment to duty that defines the Sheriff’s Office.

In a poignant moment during the transition ceremony, Deputy Severance imparted words of wisdom to Deputy Hall, saying, “I hope this brings you as much joy as it has me. And don’t tarnish the badge!” His words encapsulate the pride and honor that come with wearing the badge of the Sheriff’s Office.

Continuing the tradition within the Hall family, Deputy Everett Hall then passed his badge to his son, Deputy Cody Hall, ensuring that the legacy of service and dedication remains within their family lineage.

As the baton is passed from one generation to the next, we honor the service and commitment of these remarkable deputies who have dedicated their lives to upholding the law and protecting the community. Their legacy will continue to inspire future generations of law enforcement officers as they carry on the noble tradition of serving with honor and integrity.