“Beyond blessed” is how outgoing Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland feels about his long law enforcement career.

“Beyond blessed” is how outgoing Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland feels about his long law enforcement career.
Copeland was the guest of honor at a Friday “surprise” retirement luncheon that was moved from the sheriff's office conference room to the Lampo Community Center to facilitate that approximate 200 who showed to say their farewell to the county's sheriff of the past 12 years.
Before a number of presentations, Copeland introduced Larry Tennis, whom he blamed for getting him started in law enforcement.
“The fire chief in Joplin, Missouri,” Copeland began. “I was working in a lumber yard, Larry would come in there after work all the time and pick up material to remodel his house, and he got me on as a reserve police officer in 1974.”

Read the complete story in the Dec. 11 print edition of the Neosho Daily News.