The 53-year-old retiree was surrounded by family and friends Monday afternoon during a retirement reception held in his honor at the Clay County Administration building in Spencer.
"There's no doubt that Denny will be missed," Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow said. "With 34 years, there's a lot of experience. He will be missed."
Dan Brown, the state coordinator of DARE Iowa, acknowledged Linn's steadfast commitment to DARE and to teaching its message of resisting drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence, and said Clay County will have "pretty big shoes to fill" with his retirement. Linn, who was recognized as a 2009 DARE Officer of the Year by his peers around the state, was instrumental in initiating the Clay County DARE program hosted at Clay Central-Everly and South Clay schools, serving as its primary classroom instructor at the elementary and middle school levels.
"Denny had a big heart for kids and as an educator of DARE," Krukow said. "In 17 years, he touched a lot of lives."
Linn was also the Clay County Sheriff Department's first school resource officer, a role he held for four years.
"For Denny, education and communicating with the public was job No. 1. He did a great job of it," Krukow said of the retiring Clay County Deputy Sheriff and Jail Administrator.
Hired by former Clay County Sheriff Larry Stanislav, Linn joined the Clay County Sheriff's Department Aug. 1, 1990. Prior to Clay County, he worked for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department for 10 years, as a Le Mars police patrolman and dispatcher from 1976-79, and as a Kingsley police officer from 1975-76.