Close to 30 years in the community is about how long Mike Walker has been serving in the DeWitt County Sheriff's office.
For Walker, who is set to retire this week, the journey in to law enforcement service was familiar as his father was in law enforcement and encouraged him to avoid it but Walker says it was something he was interested in and when he came to Clinton, that would be his last stop.
Walker says the biggest changes he's seen in his 30 years in law enforcement is how at the start it was a competitive field to get in to, but now agencies struggle to find good personnel.
Sheriff Jered Shofner and Walker have been working together for many years. He calls Walker his 'right hand man'.
Walker says he doesn't envy the situation of the leadership in place having to figure out how maintain services without the power plant and the shortfalls from the State of Illinois.