The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office will lose two members in as many months as Undersheriff Edward Freyer and Sgt. Jim Romine have announced they will be leaving this year.
Freyer was appointed to the second-in-command position by Sheriff John Turner after the 2010 election. His last day with the Sheriff’s Office will be Jan. 31.
Turner, who didn’t comment on Freyer’s future plans, said he hasn’t decided yet how to fill the undersheriff position.
“We are going to take a look at our 2014 budget and see what the options are,” Turner said.
Freyer could not be reached for comment.
Freyer has been involved in a wide range of law enforcement activities in the county, said Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Beiber.
“It’s a loss to our community,” he said.
Freyer was the area SWAT commander and heavily involved in Search and Rescue and the Child Abduction and Response Team.
“We are really going to miss his leadership and knowledge in the CART program,” Bieber said. “He brought connections with other agencies, specifically with the FBI, that have assisted us in the past.”
Bieber said police Capt. Chris Buttice will take over as the SWAT commander after Freyer’s departure.
Jim Romine will officially retire from the Sheriff’s Office Feb. 24. His position will be filled through the normal civil service hiring process, Turner said.
Recently awarded the 2013 Sergeant Thomas E. Bowman Deputy of the Year award, Romine has served many with the Sheriff’s Office for 37 years, including a stint as one of its first K-9 handlers.
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