At 70 years old, Mary Sikes is finally embarking on the career she always wanted: To be a law enforcement officer.
On Monday, the Magnolia resident passed the state exam to become a licensed officer and was sworn in as a reserve deputy for Montgomery County’s Precinct 5 Constable’s Office.
The mother of two sons and grandmother of four is one of four people in her law enforcement class at Lone Star College-North Harris to land a job before graduation. Sikes will graduate, outfitted in her deputy uniform, and receive her badge Wednesday.
”I feel wonderful,” Sikes said after taking the grueling three-hour exam. “This has been a stressful year, but right now I’m smiling so much my face hurts.”
As a reserve deputy, Sikes will be a volunteer, working in the office and mostly handling calls. She’ll carry a gun and handcuffs, but she won’t be on the streets. That’s OK with her. Just having the opportunity to be a part of something she loves is rewarding enough, Sikes said.
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