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A long career in law enforcement will officially come to an end December 31 when Eric (Keebie) Meyer steps down from his post as chief deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.
Meyer will be moving to the Cape Canaveral area of Florida, where he will be joining his wife, Tammy, who was unexpectedly transferred there earlier this year by her company. The veteran lawman said he will likely find some employment in Florida, but it won't be in law enforcement.
He began his career with the city police department and eventually became a detective. His father, Bob, is a former deputy with the sheriff's department here.
Meyer's resignation was submitted to the Adams County Commissioners on Monday afternoon.
"For 32 years I've had the privilege of serving my family, friends, neighbors and the citizens of Decatur and Adams County as a police officer," Meyer said in his resignation letter. "While I served Adams County for over three decades, I can humbly say that I received much more from the experience. I truly and honestly love what I do."
Meyer took the chief deputy post when asked by incoming Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, who began a four-year term in January of 2011.
"Shane came into office with a vision and a plan for the future of the sheriff's department," Meyer said. He listed numerous accomplishments in the last two years, among them:
* The law-enforcement center received a complete makeover, "something that was long overdue."
• The annex used to house the work-release center was rehabilitated by fixing the sinking floor and other cosmetic improvements.
• Department policies and procedures have been reviewed, updated and improved.
• The 911 call center has been completely upgraded and merged with the Decatur Police Department, saving thousands of tax dollars annually.
• The department has been moved into the 21st Century with the installation of computers into some of the squad cars and the implementation of a common, countywide law enforcement database.
"I am proud to have been a part of said accomplishments and only regret not being able to stay to see the plan," Meyer said.
"I have lived in Adams County my entire life," he said in his resignation letter. "I raised my children here. My father still lives here. I will miss not only my friends and family, but also all of the people with whom I have had the pleasure to work with. Although I will be living in Florida, Adams County will always be my home."