More than 50 colleagues gathered Thursday to celebrate the career of Investigator Dennis Slater, who retired from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office after 27 years.
“You said you were afraid nobody would even show up,” said Sheriff Ron Pierini, looking around the DCSO training room. “Just look at all the great people you work with who are going to miss you.”
Slater, 54, is the fourth generation in his family to have worked for the sheriff’s office.
His great-grandfather, Harry Clapham, was a deputy in the 1950s. His grandparents, Bud and Marie Markle, worked in records and dispatch. And his father, Randy Slater held every job except Douglas County Sheriff in his 30-year career.
Investigator Ted Duzan spoke for many as he presented Slater with a plaque.
“This is tough,” Duzan said. “We measure everything we do in chapters. Your leaving is tough.”
Slater has been an investigator since 1992.
Pierini said Slater had worked every division in the department, beginning in the jail and patrol before joining investigations in 1992.
“Thank you for a great job,” Pierini said as he presented Slater with a retired investigator’s badge.
“I just want to thank everybody,” Slater said. “You’ve all been a big part of my life. I want to thank you all.” He received a standing ovation.
Slater said before he became a deputy at age 27, he served for 10 years in the reserves and Search & Rescue.
“I am going to miss the people I work with,” he said. “This is family.”