If you’re making a difference, why would you ever change jobs? 

That’s how Lt. Paul Maxey feels about his 30-year tenure with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. His first day was Dec. 11, 1989, but his aspirations for law enforcement began long before then. 

“It was always something I wanted to do since I was a kid,” he said.

When he turned 18, Maxey went down to the Sheriff’s Office to put in a job application. The sheriff at the time told him that the office did not hire anyone under 21 and that Maxey should re-apply in three years.

That is exactly what Maxey did, and upon being hired, he embarked on his career.

“It meant a lot to me to be able to work in the county I grew up in all my life and get to serve the people of Oconee County,” he said.

Just as Maxey mentioned enjoying his work helping citizens throughout the county, he also appreciated the colleagues he has had over the years. 

“As a lieutenant,” he said, “I do enjoy working with the guys, and I’m still a part of what they do. And I still enjoy seeing the younger guys who are just starting off and helping them.”

For more on this story, see the Jan. 9 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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