Sheriff Abbott selects Kevin Conklin to be his undersheriff

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
KEVIN CONKLIN

    PAW PAW - A retired Michigan State Police trooper has been named the new undersheriff at the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
    Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott announced this week that  Kevin Conklin is the new undersheriff.
    “After reviewing and interviewing candidates, the entire command unit was in support of bringing in Mr. Conklin,” said Abbott in a press release.  “Kevin had a 24-year career with the Michigan State Police.  He served as a trooper, member of their Swat Team, road patrol sergeant, and ended his career as a detective sergeant before taking the undersheriff position,”
    Conklin  served four years in the Army as an MP  (military police), and is currently the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Jun-ior State Commander. “Kevin grew up in Decatur, and his heart has always been in Van Buren County,” said Abbott. “The first time I interviewed Kevin about the position, he was very open about wanting to join our office for various reasons, which were all positive.”
    Conklin said, “I watched from an outside agency while Sheriff Abbott made many positive changes, built a strong command staff and hired top notch personnel, and I wanted to be a part of that.  So when I was asked to be the undersheriff, I didn’t hesitate to take that role. I’m excited about getting started and being able to contribute to the office.”
    Citing personal reasons, former undersheriff, Chad Hunt, asked to step down from his position and go to the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Response Division.
    “We all respected the job Chad did and support his decision. Your family should always be a major part of your decision in your career,” said Abbott.
 

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