A longtime member of local law enforcement is embarking on a new chapter in his career.
After 31 years with LaPorte County Sheriffs Police, Captain Michael Kellems, who’s also served as Public Information Officer for the past few years, retires from the force today, January 2nd, and begins his new job, Manager of Safety and Security for Duneland School Corporation in Chesterton tomorrow, January 3rd.
May 2018 would make 32 years as a policeman for Captain Kellems who’s had a variety of duties and assignments including D.A.R.E. Officer, Patrolman, Patrol and Detective Supervisor, Fire Investigator, Hostage/Crisis negotiator, School Resource Officer, Jail Commander, Executive Captain and Public Information Officer. Captain Kellems, who is from LaPorte County, began his career with the LaPorte County Sheriffs Police in May 1986, being hired the day after he got out of college, and has been with the department ever since. He joined LaPorte County’s Police Cadet program when he was 15, and when he was 19 years old he was deputized. Captain Kellems also has a decade of service as a volunteer firefighter in LaPorte County.
He told the Region News Team as he looks back at his career spanning over three decades, “my one true hope is that through three decades of service to the citizens in LaPorte County and in northwest Indiana that I made an impact and I made the community a little bit better and a little safer, and I hope to do that in my second career as well.”
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