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New faces: A tradition in blue

 

July 20, 2022

Benny Westcott

Daniel Gerkman joined the Sweet Home Police Department in late May. He's part of a law-enforcement legacy that includes his father, Tim, a Gladstone Police Department lieutenant, and brother Brian, a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office sergeant. "Since I was a kid, it's always been something that's appealed to me," Daniel said.

Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Gerkman may be new to policing, but the blue runs in his family blood.

His father, Tim, is a Gladstone Police Department lieutenant who previously spent 33 years on the Gresham force, working his way up to captain. Brother Brian began with Fairview in 2012, four years before the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office took over that department. He was promoted to sergeant within the MCSO in 2020.

Now, Daniel's following in their footsteps, having started May 31 in Sweet Home.

"Since I was a kid, it's always been something that's appealed to me," he said of law enfor...



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