Precinct 5 deputy Middleton honored for service


For the past two decades, Gary Middleton has been making sure the residents of Smith County have been safe – with the sheriff’s office, the Tyler Police Department and now with Precinct 5 Constable Jeff McClenny as his deputy.

This past week, (Tuesday, Feb. 27) county commissioners honored Middleton for his 20 years of service with a plaque.

McClenny expressed his thanks to Middleton for his years of service.

“On behalf of our office, we are very appreciative to have Gary,” Pct. 5 Constable Jeff McClenny said. “We thank you for your service to the county, and I appreciate your service.”

Smith County Sheriff Chief Deputy Deal Folmar was also recognized for 35 years of service to the county.

Sheriff Larry Smith said when he first became sheriff five years ago he knew he had a huge job in front of him.

Most of the county’s 400 employees were serving under Folmar, who he has since promoted from major to chief deputy. Smith called Folmar an honest and courteous man with a lot of integrity.

“I don’t know how we could make it without him,” he said. “He does an outstanding job.”

Folmar thanked everyone in the Smith County Commissioners Courtroom.

“It’s been a great ride, and I look forward to a few more good years,” Folmar said.

Valerie Rios was also recognized for working five years for the county.

County Clerk Karen Phillips said Ms. Rios is an accountant for her office, and works daily to make the processes run more smoothly and efficiently. Ms. Rios has a sunny outlook, a kind word and a smile for everyone who comes into the office, Mrs. Phillips said.

Additional employees recognized this month for their years of dedicated service to the citizens of Smith County, but who were not in court, include:

15 Years: Eric Muller, Adult Probation.

10 Years: Catherine Black, Tax Office.

5 Years: Lauren Fite, Wynthia Savering and Sean McClanahan, Sheriff’s Department; Kenneth Clark and James Square, Road and Bridge Department.