Now retired, former Sheriff Yon ponders memories, options


January 19, 2022

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New Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan, right, presents her predecessor, Jim Yon, with a retirement badge during a Jan. 12 reception in his honor.

Jim Yon was a senior in college, interning for the Linn County Sheriff's Office in the spring of 1993, when he discovered his dream job.

Right there. 

"I knew early in life that (law enforcement) was what I wanted to do," said Yon, now 51. "I had to do a practicum. Dave Burright was the undersheriff at the time, and I did it at the Sheriff's Office. I knew within a couple of days that that was the place for me." 

Yon started working for LCSO the following year, as a deputy, and he stayed 27 years –  until he retired Jan. 1 after three years as Linn County Sheriff, the only Sweet Home r...

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