SHELTON, Wash. - Chief Deputy Sheriff Dean Byrd is retiring from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office after a very long and honored career in Law Enforcement. His last day with the Sheriff’s Office will be on May 1st, 2013, but there is a retirement party being held in his honor on April 26th, 4pm, at the new PUD #3 auditorium on John’s Prairie Road.
Chief Byrd began his Law Enforcement career as a Deputy with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office on July 11, 1973 and earned the rank of Sergeant before leaving to work as a WA State Gambling Commission Enforcement Agent in November of 1987. After serving 10 years with the Gambling Commission, ending up as the Supervising Agent in Charge of their Yakima Office, Chief Byrd returned to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office on September 1, 1998.
Chief Byrd worked again as a Patrol Deputy, but soon found himself assigned to the Detective Division. Chief Byrd was then promoted to the position of Inspector and supervised the Detective Division before finally being promoted to Chief Deputy. Chief Byrd has worked for seven Mason County Sheriffs and culminates his 39 year Law Enforcement career as a true public servant.