Wells Recognized For Years Of Service

Trevor Well was recognized for his 26 years in law enforcement at a reception in his honor on Friday.

Trevor Well was recognized for his 26 years in law enforcement at a reception in his honor on Friday.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Trevor Wells was recognized on Friday for his 26 years in law enforcement at a gathering where family, coworkers, and friends gathered to give their well wishes to the recent retiree.

Mahaska County Sheriff Russ Van Renterghem highlighted Wells work that started as a jailer in 1991 and then to the Albia Police Department for a year, before returning to Mahaska County as a Deputy.

During his time in law enforcement, Wells held the positions of jailer, deputy, drug investigator, and as chief deputy under former sheriff Paul DeGeest.

“When you’re in law enforcement like Trevor was, it doesn’t matter if it is a jailer or a deputy, it’s not like putting 26 years in a factory or on a farm. You don’t always see the good side of society. Over the years, Trevor, like many people in law enforcement, has seen the dark side of society, the bad part, cleaning up everyone’s messes,” added Van Renterghem.

“To be able to do that for 26 years is very impressive,” added Van Renterghem.

Van Renterghem touched on how families sacrifice when a member is part of law enforcement. “It’s his wife and his family,” touching on all of the nights, weekends and holidays away from those his loves. “We’re very appreciative of that, and the families sacrifice as well.”

“We appreciate your dedication, Trevor. The sacrifices you made,” added Van Renterghem.

Wells was presented with a gift for his years of sacrifice on the department. “I couldn’t have worked with a bunch of better guys, and ladies,” said Wells. “A lot’s changed over the years, and I appreciate the help I’ve had along the way.”

As he was looking back on his last day in law enforcement and departing the career he’s had for 26 years, “It’s really bittersweet. I’m ready to leave law enforcement and start a new chapter in my life. I’m also leaving behind a lot of good friends and family. We are all like family.”

That new chapter in Wells life includes getting to spend time with family, including his five grandchildren. “I’m ready to be off nights and weekends so I can spend more time with my family and my grandchildren. I want to be more a part of their life because law enforcement limited that part with my kids.”

“I couldn’t have had a better place to spend my time in law enforcement,” said Wells of his time as a Mahaska County Deputy. “I thoroughly enjoyed serving the people of Mahaska County.”

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