Four New Deputies In Klamath County

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, October 19 2013 at 9:45 AM, Updated: Sat, October 19 2013 at 10:30 AM

There will soon be a few more deputies on patrol in Klamath County.

Four new deputies were sworn in by Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah Saturday morning.

The Sheriff says restoring patrols is a high priority...

"Because we need deputies on the street.  We need to protect our members of this community, and that was one of the cornerstones that I ran on, and one of the reasons they talked me into doing this."

The deputies sworn in include Jesse Ginestar, Ruben Jenkins, Joe Cardona, and Sondra Hamilton.

"It's something I've wanted to do for a long time."  Says Deputy Hamilton.  "And I finally have been given the opportunity to do so, and I'm excited for the future of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office."

Sheriff Skrah notes that he hopes to restore 24 hour patrols within 6 or 7 months...

"This community cannot continue the road it was going down.  It stopped, now we're turning it around."

The new hires will boost patrols from 12 to 16 deputies.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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