Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin has tapped a 14-year local veteran of law enforcement as his newest patrol sergeant.

Sgt. Dean Schroeder joined the Sheriff's Office in October 1995 after two years as a patrol officer with the Seaside Police Department. He has served in the criminal division as a patrol deputy, property crimes detective and drug task force detective. He filled in as the Jewell resident deputy for nine months until his promotion to sergeant May 2.

Schroeder stood out from among three in-house candidates who participated in written and oral examinations and interviews for the position, Bergin said. The sheriff added that Schroeder has demonstrated strong organizational skills while with the Sheriff's Office. Sergeants supervise patrol shifts and work under the chief deputy.

Schroeder coordinates the High Angle Rescue Team and will take over coordination of the overall Search and Rescue program. He studied at Clatsop Community College and Chemeketa Community College in Salem and graduated from Seaside High School.

Schroeder lives in Seaside with his wife and two children.

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