POMEROY — Meigs County Sheriff Robert Beegle was recognized during a reception on Monday afternoon at the Meigs County Courthouse.
Beegle told stories to the crowd of well wishers before food and cake were served.
Common Pleas Judge Christopher Tenoglia read a proclamation recognizing Beegle for his 44 years of service to the people of Meigs County, his exceptional work and immense contributions toward the betterment of the community.
The proclamation read in part,
Sheriff Robert E. Beegle has provided outstanding service and contributions toward the greater good of all citizens while serving as the Sheriff of Meigs County for the past eight years; and
Whereas, Sheriff Robert E. Beegle began that public service in law enforcement more than fourty-four years ago by serving as Deputy Sheriff for the people of Meigs County; and
Whereas, Sheriff Robert E. Beegle has been diligent and earnest in his service to Meigs County which has resulted in many remarkable achievements and helped to preserve the great sense of community we all continue to share and enjoy with one another.
Beegle was presented a watch from several county officials and employees.
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, who travelled near four hours from Bowling Green, Ohio, for the reception presented Beegle with “road kill” after telling about his first meeting with Beegle at a newly elected sheriff’s meeting.
Wasylyshyn remarked that Beegle made a comment about coming to Meigs County and he would fix road kill for him, but when Wasylyshyn came to Meigs County there was no road kill for him to eat.
Beegle was given four beanie baby animals — two squirrels, a rat, and a turtle — as “road kill” along with a certificate for the cooperative relationship Beegle and Wasylyshyn have had over the years.
Beegle will leave office the first of the year as Sheriff-elect Keith Wood takes office.