By Sean Mortimer
Staff Reporter 

Rakness puts away badge after 34 years in law enforcement


January 5, 2023

Karla Pomeroy

Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness visits with County Attorney John Worrall during the retirement party for Washakie County Clerk Mary Grace Strauch. Rakness and Worrall also retired at the end of 2022

WORLAND – After serving 17 years as Washakie County Sheriff, Steve Rakness has retired from the position effective Jan. 3 when Austin Brookwell was sworn in as the new sheriff.

When asked about how he feels about the change, Rakness said, "It feels good, I'm ready for it. I've worked here for a long time, so it's about time to let somebody new come in and take over."

Rakness started his career in...

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