Sheriff's investigator leaving force

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— After 15 years with the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Gary Sigman is leaving his post to return closer to family.

Sigman, 49, will work his last day for the sheriff's office March 22. He is planning on relocating to his hometown, Spokane, Wash.

Sigman cited "personal reasons" for going back to eastern Washington where a majority of his family lives, he said.

Sheriff John Warner was somber when Sigman notified the department in December that he would be taking "early retirement" effective in March.

"This will be a tough loss for all of us," Warner said.

Since Sigman notified the department of his intentions, it gave Warner enough time to find a replacement for Sigman within the department.

Ken Klinger, who has been with the office for about five years, has been promoted from his patrol shift.

"Gary gave us enough notice to find his replacement," Warner said. "That has enabled us to pick and test his replacement."

For the past two months, Klinger has been working closely with Sigman.

Sigman is looking forward to returning to the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Debbie. He plans on hanging up his law enforcement career and finding a job in the private sector.

At this time, Sigman has no idea what line of work he will like to get into. However, he will miss investigating crimes.

"I liked putting together the pieces of the puzzle to find out the truth," Sigman said.

Sigman arrived in Routt County 17 years ago. He worked various jobs, which included at a restaurant, until he got a job as a detention deputy.

From that position, Sigman worked his way up through the ranks until he reached his investigation assignment nine years ago.

Sigman believes Klinger is a great choice to replace him.

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