Monday, February 18, 2019
Galen Heinle displays a plaque honoring his many years in law enforcement. The Dodge County deputy sheriff retired Jan. 26.

‘A wonderful career’

Sheriff’s deputy retires after 24 years of service

After 24 years of law enforcement service, Galen Heinle got to thinking about the future.

“It took me a lot of time to think about what I want to do,” the Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy said. “Do I want to retire? I love my job, but my mind and body says it’s time to hang it up and enjoy retirement.”

Heinle, 62, was the subject of a retirement party on Jan. 26, his last day on the job. He accepted a plaque as appreciation from Sheriff Scott Rose and spoke about his long career during the event, which drew a large crowd at the County Government Services building.

He was director of maintenance at the county-operated Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center from 1990-2014, and served with the Claremont Police Department from 1990-1994 before joining the Dodge County Sheriff’s office.

He was a court security deputy from 2015 until his retirement.

“Working nights was always enjoyable,” Heinle said. “The last few years I was working days. Before, I would never get to see the Sheriff and everything. But this time, working as a bailiff I got to see everybody during the day and I worked with other departments and such. Everybody was just great to work with.”

“Had a wonderful career. Loved every minute of it,” he said. “A lot of good things and some bad things. I’d never change it. I just had great people I worked with.”

Rose said Heinle was reliable and dealt well with others.

“Always positive, always upbeat. A smile that lights up the room,” Rose said. “Just a genuinely great guy. We’ll really miss him. He just does a great job.”

Heinle said he’ll miss working with fellow officers.

His immediate plans for retirement: “Nothing. As little as possible. I don’t know. Just do some odds and ends, a ‘honey do’ list, and kind of go from there.”

Rose said several part-time deputies have been cross-trained in court security. They will fill Heinle’s position until the county decides how it wishes to permanently fill the spot.


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