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Saluting sheriff’s excellent tenure

In about two weeks, Warren County will have a new sheriff.

Sheriff Ken Klakamp’s Dec. 31 retirement brings to an end a 43-year service career with Warren County as a jail officer, a sheriff’s deputy, including 19.5 years as chief deputy, and eight years as sheriff. He served as jail warden, county detective, 911 coordinator and acting EMA director throughout his career, as well as specialization in drug enforcement.

We’re sure Brian Zeybel will do a fine job as Klakamp’s replacement, but even Zeybel admits he’ll have big shoes to fill.

“The community shoes I have to fill are enormous,” he said. Zeybel said he teases Klakamp that “there’s nobody he doesn’t know. “That just amazes me,” he said. “That’s the overwhelming part of this.”

Longevity is important, but Klakamp has made some important additions to the Sheriff’s Department during his tenure — school resource officers, K-9 officers, software upgrades and cameras.

The sheriff says he plans to travel and be a full-time grandfather. If the county calls, however, Klakamp says he’ll be ready. After serving his country and Warren County residents since he was 18 years old, of course he will answer the call if one comes.

“I’m here. I’ve been in emergency services my whole life… either service to my country or my community. I will do whatever is asked of me.”

We would expect nothing less from Ken Klakamp. Happy retirement sheriff. Thanks for your service.

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