His relationship with the local media has always been strong. He has enjoyed working with local reporters and shown them a greater level of trust than outside news outlets. This is because he knows local reporters will handle delicate situations in a proper fashion.
Goemaat credits the management employees within the sheriff's office for making his job less stressful. He specifically mentioned Patty DeHeer, who handles many of the office's civil responsibilities, Jail Administrator Scott Jerkins, Chief Deputy Troy Fisher and Communications Director Martha Dykstra.
"They've always been people I could rely on to help me," Goemaat said.
He would not have been able to serve with the sheriff's office for so long if not for the support of his family.
"I want to thank my family for putting up with my calls," Goemaat said. This includes responding to emergencies in the middle of the night, working long hours and otherwise being called away from them. He is grateful for the support of his wife and children.
In retirement, Goemaat plans to "tinker" around his farm, spend time with his grandchildren and pursue other personal interests. To the people of Marion County, Goemaat says thank you for allowing him to serve. He has enjoyed working with them and serving in the different roles he has filled within the sheriff's office.
Goemaat said he is glad to come in, and leave the office, quietly.