Hotchkiss officer now sheriff's deputy

By Tamie Meck

Hotchkiss officer now sheriff's deputy | Hotchkiss, Marshal's office

Photo by Tamie Meck Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz honors Hotchkiss Deputy Gates Shaklee for his five years of "dedication, devotion and hard work" with the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office at the Jan. 12 Hotchkiss Council meeting as his wife Anna looks on.

After almost five years with the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office, Gates Shaklee has accepted a position with the Delta County Sheriff's Office. Officer Shaklee joined the department in April, 2012.

"It is with bittersweet hearts that we bid you good-bye," said Mayor Wendell Koontz in presenting Shaklee with a plaque of appreciation. "I know you're not leaving the community, but we wish you very much well."

Koontz reminded Shaklee that on his second day on the job, he and Deputy Chad Lloyd entered a burning bedroom to rescue a citizen, an act for which they received a medal of valor. "We thank you for your service," said Koontz.

We hate to see you go, but it's time for a change for you, I know," said Marshal Dan Miller. He told Shaklee he has "great potential" and urged him to work hard and continue his education. "You'll make a really good command officer someday."

Christopher McDonald was sworn in as a full-time deputy and is reporting for duty this week. He has served the past four years as a reserve deputy. "We're very fortunate to have Chris and his family join us here," said Mayor Koontz.