Deputies sworn in for annual commission

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
More than 100 Barry County deputies and reserve deputies were sworn in Monday morning at the Barry County Judicial Center during an official ceremony state-commissioning deputies during the last week of each year. All deputies, including full-time deputies, reserves and members of the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force and Cyber Crimes division, received a new commission card, which they use to identify themselves, and official letter confirming their commission enabling them to carry out their duties. Although the number of hours varies per job, on average, deputies must obtain approximately 16 hours per month of training to maintain their commission. Sheriff Mick Epperly said the Barry County Sheriff's Department commissions deputies in Cassville, Monett, Wheaton, Washburn and Purdy. During the ceremony, he and Cassville City Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr thanked all deputies for their teamwork and stepping up to the challenges faced by the county and city over the past year, including two major floods, and their assistance in solving crimes and keeping the public safe. Epperly also thanked his detectives, whom he said had recovered about $300,000 in stolen merchandise during the year, and his reserve deputies, whom he said help fill in the gaps for the department in so many ways. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

More than 100 Barry County deputies and reserve deputies were sworn in Monday morning at the Barry County Judicial Center during an official ceremony state-commissioning deputies during the last week of each year.

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