Beginning New County Positions

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Plymouth County District Judge, Jeff Neary (left) Administers The Oath Of Office To Mike Van Otterloo.  Van Otterloo (right) is retiring from being the county sheriff, and as of January 1st will become a county supervisor.

(Le Mars) — Two newly elected officials were given the oath of office and participated in a swearing ceremonies held this morning (Tuesday) at the Plymouth County courthouse. A capacity crowd consisting of family members, friends, law enforcement officials, and county officials gathered inside the
courtroom as outgoing and long-time Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo took the oath of office for his new position of County Supervisor. District Judge Jeff Neary administered the oath.

Following Van Otterloo, Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff TeBrink then stepped up to raise his right hand and repeated the oath of office. TeBrink was elected as the new Plymouth County Sheriff during the last election. He will assume the duties and responsibilities of being the Sheriff for Plymouth County beginning January 1st. Again, District Judge, Jeff Neary administered the oath.

Plymouth County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, Jeff TeBrink, (right) repeats the oath of office as administered by District Jeff Neary as TeBrink will assume the duties and responsibilities of the Plymouth County Sheriff.

Following both individuals being sworn with the oath of office. Incoming Sheriff Jeff TeBrink asked the crowd to stand, in which the gathering joined TeBrink in giving Mike Van Otterloo a standing ovation for his more than 40 years in local law enforcement service.  Van Otterloo stood near the door and received congratulations and well wishes from the crowd as they exited the courtroom.