Some Muskingum County Sheriff's Deputies are turning in their badges this week.
Lieutenant Randy Wilson, Sergeant Pat Keck and Deputy Roger Kelly are retiring from the department. A small party was held for them Friday afternoon highlighting their years of service. We spoke with Sergaent Pat Keck who has been with the Sheriff's Office the last 27 years. He says it's been an amazing experience serving Muskingum County.
"I'm going to take summer off, i've got 2 kids and two grandkids, so me being on afternoon shift for the last 10 years, I haven't been able to see a lot of their activities. that's going to change," said Keck.
With the three deputies retiring, a question lingers as to who or if their positions will be filled. Sheriff Matt Lutz says the deputies most likely will not be replaced because of budget cuts.
"It looks like we will probably be looking at maybe reassigning a couple different positions from the road to fill in until later on in the year," said Lutz.
Lutz says even though the department is losing three of its deputies, the re assigning of positions will not affect the department's service to the community.