Signing off and hitting the trails…Ellison retires from Elizabethton Police Department

Published 3:54 pm Friday, September 15, 2023

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Thursday was a bittersweet day for City of Elizabethton Police Department’s Sergeant Sarah Ellison as after 30 years of honorable service as a police officer, she signed off for the final time at 4:05 p.m. to begin her retirement.

Ellison has served three different departments in the span of her career beginning with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department before going to Johnson City and then finally returning to Elizabethton to finish her career.

Her fellow officers, family, city officials, and others stopped by the Elizabethton Police Department on Thursday to wish Ellison best wishes on her future endeavors and thank her for her faithful service to the communities she worked in while enjoying refreshments including a cake marking the special day.

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Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw presented Ellison with a plaque and her official retirement certificate.

After signing off duty, Ellison told fellow officers that it was a hard decision for her to make but one that she felt it was time to do so.

She is now heading to California where she will spend the next six weeks hiking the trails of the Pacific Crest Trail with a friend. She was gifted a shirt marking the 50th year anniversary of the trail to take along for her hike.