Guiding his grandaughter, Kylee, through the windowed hallway that's been his second home for 26 years, Chief Deputy Hughie Blair recalls his passion for law enforcement.
Its' something that's not diminished since his junior year at Portsmouth High School.
"We got to ride with the police department, and i was hooked," he said, recalling the program that allowed him to shadow officers in 1967.
Soon after, in 1971, Blair took a job for then-Sheriff John Knauff, and, after stints in the prosecutor's office, Blair remained with the sheriff's office for more than a quarter century, making him not just the oldest but the longest-serving member in the office.
Saturday marks the deputy's retirement, a day that co-workers say will change the face of the Scioto County Sheriff's Office.
Blair brings a softer, more personalized side to the office, co-workes said.
Sheriff Marty Donini, who has worked with the 54-year-old since 1978, said he knows his work load will double with his friend out of the office.
More importantly, he said, is the heart Blair brings to the job. It's made of gold.
"He's the comedian. He's always got something to cheer everyone up with," he said.
Blair's personable nature - and the way he makes friends with nearly everyone he meets - has helped out the office in different ways.
Motivation, spontaneity and communication rounds out the list.
"He's a motivator," said Captain David Hall, remembering the times Blair has walked in the River Days Parade or played Santa Claus to kids in the county.