(Le Mars) — Three Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputies were given the oath of office Tuesday afternoon. Two were the result of promotions, and the third was the swearing in of a new patrol deputy. Jaycee Vander Berg recently joined the ranks of a sheriff’s deputy after spending one year as a Le Mars Police Officer. Although Plymouth County has several female corrections officers supervising the jail, Vander Berg becomes the first female patrol deputy for the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office. Judge Dan Vakulskas performed the swearing ceremony.
Following Vander Berg was Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jake Wingert.
Wingert has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Wingert has been a Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy for the past ten years, and supervises the Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 unit. Again, Judge Vakulskas lead the oath office.
The last deputy to be administered the oath of office was Rick Singer.
Singer has been with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office for the last 20 years, and most recently, served in the capacity of Lieutenant. Singer, now becomes the Chief Deputy, the position Jeff TeBrink had held until he was elected as Plymouth County Sheriff in November taking over for the retiring Mike Van Otterloo. Singer’s son was watching the ceremony, via video phone, while being deployed in Iraq. Judge Dan Vakulskas also performed the oath of office for Rick Singer.
The Plymouth County Courtroom was filled with family members, other law enforcement officials, and other county government employees witnessing the event.