By Jayson Knight
Wednesday, February 1, Undersheriff Gary Boggess was officially sworn in as the latest Sheriff of Grady County by District Court Judge Kory Kirkland.
Grady County Sheriff Gary Boggess was sworn in ceremonially Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha, surrounded by all of the Grady County deputies, and dozens of other law enforcement officers from around Grady County and beyond.
Sheriff Jim Weir turned in his letter of resignation to the Grady County Board of Commissioners Monday, January 9, citing health concerns. Sheriff Weir has been battling cancer, and while it appears he’s winning the fight, he wants the chance to spend more time with his family.
“I’ve been doing in law enforcement for 50 years and I was torn with that decision,” Sheriff Weir said Tuesday, January 10, “but about six months ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and I’m fighting it, and the prognosis looks good. With all the stress that goes along with being sheriff, I just don’t need that in my life right now. It was kind of a sign from God, saying, ‘You were already thinking about it. It’s time to pull the pin.’”
When Sheriff Weir won the election for Grady County Sheriff in 2012, the department conducted its business out of a trailer house parked across the street from the Grady County Law Enforcement Center in Chickasha. Now, through his leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has a true headquarters located at 302 North Third Street in Chickasha. Weir won re-election in 2016, and again in 2020.
Sheriff Weir gave his recommendation to the Grady County Board of Commissioners the day he turned in his resignation. He said then, “I knew I would be leaving everything we built up in great hands. He’s going to keep moving forward and make the Sheriff’s office even better than it is right now.”
Sheriff Boggess said of Weir, “Jim Weir is a very, very honorable man, who is very well-respected in the law enforcement community. I’ve only been here a year-and-a-half. I’ve known him a lot longer than that and I respected him since the first time I ever met Jim, whenever he was just a deputy down here. He’s a man of his word, a very big man of honor. He’s a big Christian. I like to surround myself with that type of law enforcement professional. I was very honored when he came and offered me the Undersheriff position. The last year-and-a-half has been amazing, working for him and learning from him. I’ve been doing this a long time and I have learned so much in the last year-and-a-half that has taught me and showed me that Jim retiring will be a big loss for the law enforcement community, and I know that he’s a phone call away if I need him.”
At the ceremonial swearing in at the Church Saturday, Sheriff Jim Weir was presented with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office flag that flew his last day in office. It was signed by all of the deputies.
Weir said, “I cannot express the pride I feel right now with you guys, and with Gary taking over, every one of you. The hardest thing I’ve ever done is walk away from this, but I’ve left it in good hands.”