County retires K-9 Pepper

December 20, 2018

DIXON – Deputy K-9 Pepper didn’t take much interest in a plaque thanking him for his hard work at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, but he had treats to look forward to later.

The County Board recently recognized the retiring K-9 for being a dedicated public servant and loyal partner.

Pepper, whose snout is sporting a bit more salt than pepper, is a 9-year-old black lab that joined the department in 2011, and he’s being adopted by his handler, Deputy Derek Ranken.

Sheriff John Simonton said they’re hoping to collect donations rather quickly to help cover the cost of a new full-service dog, likely a German shepherd-malamute mix, and training that will total around $14,000.

Donation letters went out to businesses and community members, and the original hope was to fill Pepper’s spot by the end of the year.

The department’s last dog, Skipper, also a black lab, worked from 1999 until he retired in 2010.

The board also recognized Deb Killian for her 25th year as a telecommunicator with the Lee County 911 Center.

Center Director Shelley Dallas said Killian has been the secretary and treasurer for the 911 Board since 2002, and she also launched the county’s 911 educational campaign.

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