Knoxville — Friday, Dec. 28, is the last day Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat intends to work for the office he has served for the past 23 years.
Goemaat came to work for the sheriff's office in May 1989. In addition to his private sector business experience, he had served as a reserve with the department and the Pella Police Reserves, prior to coming to work as a full-time deputy.
After approximately six years of serving as the Chief Deputy, Goemaat was officially appointed sheriff on Dec. 24, 2007, following the retirement of Gary Verwers. Goemaat was reelected to the office in 2008. At age 66, Goemaat chose to not seek reelection in 2012.
"As with any job, there are some days that were not so enjoyable," Goemaat said of his time with the office. The number of days he was not eager to come to work for the sheriff's office - and, by extension, the people of Marion County - is very small. This has been the one job Goemaat has held throughout his working life that he truly enjoyed.
Some of that is due to the people he came in contact with, whether they be fellow sheriff's employees, Marion County employees and the general public. He has made many good friends throughout the county over the years and he will miss them.
Working in law enforcement afforded him the opportunity to experience things that most people do not. A number of calls he has responded to over the years stand out. Goemaat has had a gun pointed at him, wrestled suspects to the ground, participated in high speed chases and has been a part of a number of things he would rather not reminisce about. Despite the tough days, the good times have made a stronger impression on his life.
"Overall, I've really enjoyed it," Goemaat said.