Muscogee chief deputy marshal is retiring

Muscogee Chief Deputy Marshal Willie King will retire Friday from a 33-year career in which he has served five marshals since he was hired as a deputy in 1975.

Now 69, King has been the chief deputy in the marshal's office since Feb. 21, 1991, according to city personnel records.

The five marshals he has served under were Gus Skinner, Harvey Brown, Billy Ray Weary, Ken Suddeth and Greg Countryman, the current marshal.

Since Skinner first hired him as a deputy Sept. 8, 1975, King has risen gradually through the ranks, surviving the different political regimes and volatile personalities that came and went in the marshal's position.

King was promoted to sergeant July 1, 1986, and to lieutenant on July 1, 1989, before becoming the chief deputy in '91.

A retirement ceremony for King will be noon Friday at the Columbus Government Center.

The marshal's office serves papers for Municipal Court, including small claims and evictions.