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Cass County sheriff strives to improve lives in his own community


By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Dec 5, 2019

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Cass County Sheriff Devron Ohrn is grateful to be able to help people on their worst days.

“A lot of times when people call the police or need the police, they are experiencing a horrific time in their life,” Ohrn told West Central Reporter. “I enjoy being the person that can hopefully make that situation better for them.”

Ohrn became sheriff of Cass County in December 2018.

“My experience being Cass County Sheriff has been great,” he said. “It involves a lot of time and dedication, but I knew that coming into the position. I have several goals as sheriff but my main goals are to reduce the crashes and fatalities on the highways running through Cass County, specifically Illinois Rt. 125. Another goal is to establish a K-9 program and reduce the methamphetamine epidemic in Central Illinois and Cass County.”

Ohrn, a native of Idaho, holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University. He has been in law enforcement for over a decade.

“I chose law enforcement because I like the ability to do different things,” he said. “Day in and day out, you never know what problem or situation you will face and I like the unknown.”

Ohrn is a member of several community organizations including the Crisis Center Foundation, Virginia Masonic Lodge, Beardstown Elk’s Club and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. He is also a junior high boys basketball coach at Triopia.

“Helping the community is important to me because I grew up here,” Ohrn said. “My family lives here and my child grows up in this community. The people of the Cass County community matter to me because I am one of them. They are great people and I couldn’t ask for a more meaningful thing to do with my life as helping and improving the lives of this community.”

When Ohrn has any spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and playing golf.

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