Sheriff Shane Rekeweg (left) and deputy Jim Franze. (Photo by Jannaya Andrews)
Deputy James Franze, who spent 25 years with the Decatur Police Department, began his new career with the Adams County Sheriff's Department on Thursday.
"I actually tried to work for the sheriff's office first, before the police department," said Franze. "but it just didn't work out and I got a job with the city. So now, instead of starting my career here, this is where I'll finish."
Franze said what prompted him to make the change was the opportunity to help the citizens of the entire county, instead of only being able to help those within the city.
"It was a hard decision. Very hard. The guys I worked with, the city, the mayor, they've all been great. It was hard to leave."
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said the sheriff's department is lucky to have gotten a seasoned officer.
"It's a savings for the county," said Rekeweg. "Jim's physically able to do the job, he had to pass the same tests as everyone else applying for the position, and we get his 25 years experience. We cover more ground here, but he can help us improve with his experience."
Rekeweg said in order for Franze to become a deputy he had to pass written, physical, and psychological tests, as well as a voice stress test in order to determine whether he was fit for duty.
"We're very happy to have him here," said Rekeweg. "He's a great addition to the department."