Gates Shaklee, a former employee of the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office, has joined the Delta County Sheriff's Office.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said the department is going through some reorganization, due in part to the appointment of Luke Fedler as chief of police for the City of Delta. In addition, Sgt. Chad Beach and Kate LaPlante retired at the beginning of the year. LaPlante had worked in detentions for 25 years.
To fill the position vacated by Chad Beach, Sheriff McKee said he is taking letters of interest from deputies. After that position is filled, he will address the investigator vacancy.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.