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Wamsley honored by sheriff’s office for 50 years of service

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POLSON — In a district courtroom filled with his family, friends and colleagues Rod Wamsley was honored for his 50 years of employment with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell presented Wamsley with a plaque, a certificate of appreciation as well as a LCSO retirement badge, patches and pins framed and sealed behind glass. On behalf of the LCSO, Bell thanked Wamsley for his 50 years of “dedicated and loyal service.”

During his time with the sheriff’s office Wamsley served as dispatch supervisor, detention supervisor, undersheriff, deputy and bailiff. District Court Judge James Manley said he’s worked with Wamsley since the 1970s.

“You were always great to work with. Always honorable,” Manley said. “We’re gonna miss ya.”

More than 25 family members, including four of Wamsley’s six adult children, attended the May 3 retirement celebration. (The two children unable to attend live out of state.) Several family members shared humorous stories about growing up in a law enforcement household. One of the Wamsley children who’d been stopped for speeding was promptly written a ticket when the patrolman realized who her father was and said to her, she “should know better.” Another family member who’d gotten himself stuck in a borrow pit had to wait for a polaroid to be taken before being helped so the officer could show Rod.

On behalf of her siblings, daughter Jeanna Tameler shared words of praise for their father.

“I just don’t know if you know how proud we are of you,” Tameler said. “You were the best Dad and we love you very, very much.”

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