Hobgood, Lacks honored

Published 11:48 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Charlotte County Board of Supervisors recently honored retired law enforcement officers Maj. Donald Lacks and Capt. Howard D. Hobgood with resolutions commending their service to the public.

According to the resolution, Lacks began his career in June 1987 as a deputy sheriff and would  rise through the ranks to become an investigator, lieutenant, captain and major.

According to the resolution, “Lacks dedicated his career to public service, earning the respect of those he served with and those he was entrusted to serve and protect.”

He officially retired on March 31.

Hobgood began his career as a deputy sheriff in December 1988 and retired Feb. 28, according to the resolution.

During the course of his career, he too rose through the ranks, serving as an investigator, lieutenant and captain.

In a March interview, Hobgood said working for the sheriff’s office was the best job he’d ever had “because of who you had to work with. (I’ll) just miss the excitement of things,” Hobgood said. “Everyday was different. Some good, some bad. You take the good with the bad. And you get to meet a lot of people. You pretty much get to know most of the people in the county. They get to know you.”

In the resolution, supervisors expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the years of dedication, service and hard work offered by the two men.

“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with you and know you,” said County Seat Supervisor Board Chairman Gary Walker.

He said Hobgood and Lacks made many sacrifices over the years and words couldn’t express his appreciation.

“I’d like to thank the board for making this presentation,” said Sheriff Thomas D. Jones. “I especially want to thank (Hobgood and Lacks) for the years of service that they gave to Charlotte County … They cared and they lost a lot of sleep at different times protecting the county.”