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Linn recognized for service

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

(Photo by Kris Todd) Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow publicly thanked Dennis Linn and presented him with a plaque in honor of his 19 years of service as a Clay County Deputy Sheriff during a retirement reception held Monday afternoon. Linn also received a framed certificate signed by Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Director John Quinn from DCI Agent Terry Klooster in recognition of his 34 years of service as a law enforcement officer.
After more than three decades of public service, Clay County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Linn is retiring.

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.

(Photo by Kris Todd) Family members were among those who showed up to honor retiring Clay County Deputy Sheriff and Jail Administrator Dennis Linn for his 34 years of law enforcement service, 19 of which occurred in Clay County. They include, from left, Brian, Wyatt and Katie Balk, Grace Bloomquist, Dennis and Linda Linn, Paul, Kelli and Emilia Bloomquist. [Order this photo]

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You will be missed by a lot of people in Clay county, thanks for all you've done for our children through the DARE program.

-- Posted by GMA on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 11:10 AM

I tip my hat to one of the best influences with our children in the DARE program. You have made an impact on so many lives, and we thank you! Your compassion can not be matched.

-- Posted by jusamom on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 7:31 PM

Congrats Mr. Linn,

You were a great friend to my late father Robert Kunert, and a great public servant. Many blessings to you and your family.

Brian Kunert

Evans Colorado

-- Posted by buckster324 on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 7:20 AM

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