"I have enjoyed the companionship of the other board members and the department members while serving on this board," Mayrose said at an informal retirement party at the Clay County Justice Center on Monday. "I officially retired at the February meeting, but when I received a letter inviting me to come tonight, I knew something was up."
With several of his family members at his side, Mayrose received a plaque honoring his service from current merit board member Cathy Swearingen and Sheriff Mike Heaton as previous sheriffs Larry Pierce and Chuck Jones also attended.
Mayrose's two daughters and their families, Annie Parr and her daughter Shasti and Corky Parr and her husband Dan, were also at the party.
A former Staunton principal, Mayrose said enjoyed the interesting history of law enforcement in Clay County.
"I have a great respect for all the law enforcement officers I've met over the years," he said.
Mayrose has sat on the merit board during Wayne Lucas, Chuck Jones, Larry Pierce, Rob Carter and Heaton's administrations.
"They were, and are, all top notch sheriffs. I liked them all," Mayrose said. "There's been a lot of changes over those years. At the beginning, back when I started, the sheriff had to pay for many of their expenses out of their own pockets. Now things are a lot different."
Prior sheriffs Jones and Pierce were also recognized at the party with plaques thanking them for their service to the residents of Clay County by Heaton and Swearingen.