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Long time Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin readies for retirement

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STURGIS — Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin has retired after serving for 32 years.

Merwin’s last full day was Thursday.

Merwin was elected sheriff as Meade County in 1990, when he defeated Floyd Cleland, who had served as sheriff for four years. Merwin has faced competition five times and three times he ran unopposed.

Merwin’s tenure of 32 years is the longest serving sheriff in Meade County followed closely by Johnny Edger who served for 31.5 years.

Speaking with KBHB Radio News today, Merwin says it’s been a good run.


Merwin says he is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.


And, Merwin credits the people he has worked with all these years.


The staff that Merwin has to supervise includes 17 deputies and a total of 56 employees that staff dispatch and the jail.

Incoming sheriff Pat West, who won the election earlier this year, will be sworn in at noon on Friday.


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