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Dawson County sheriff retiring

January 3, 2019

Dawson County Sheriff Gary W. Reiber steps down from his office today after 43 years in law enforcement and 41 with Dawson County.

He began his career in law enforcement as the Sumner marshal in 1976 and in 1978 joined the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

In 1982, Reiber was appointed chief deputy and in 1994 was elected sheriff of Dawson County.

In a press release from Dawson County, Reiber called his three-year involvement in the development and construction of the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center one of the highlights of his career. The new Dawson County Jail also allowed the opportunity to contract for housing of inmates from other counties and jurisdictions. He also cited the development of the D.A.R.E. program working with students in the schools and K-9 partners with deputies.

One solemn time in his career came on July 2, 1990, when Gothenburg Police Sgt. Glenn Haas was shot and killed at the Gothenburg Police Station.

Reiber was born and raised in Hastings. After graduation from high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972, spending part of that time in Vietnam. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Reiber is active in the United Methodist Church. He has served as a chairman on the Board of Trustees and is currently president and member of the Methodist Men. He is also active in many local organizations, such as the Optimist Club, of which he is a lifetime member, past president and past secretary/treasurer. Reiber also received the Optimists’ Distinguished Service Award. He is a past member and past president of the Dawson County Parent/Child Center and a past member of the Court-Appointed Special Advocate Board. He was instrumental in starting the Dawson County TRIAD Program. He is also a current member and past president of the Nebraska Sheriffs’ Association.

Reiber and his wife, Moni, live in Lexington. He has two sons, three stepchildren and a granddaughter.

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