ABILENE, Texas -

Wednesday afternoon, it was all smiles as co-workers bid farewell to a longtime trooper.

Trooper Sparky Dean is retiring from the Department of Public Safety on August 2. Friends and relatives celebrated his career at a special ceremony at the D.P.S. offices.

The longtime trooper served as the public information officer for many years.  He also assisted with educating the public about safety.

August 3 Dean will be sworn in as Precinct 1, Place 2 Justice of the Peace.

He was appointed to that position by county commissioners after Judge A. L. Deatherage retired on July 1.