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A longtime officer with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office was named to the post of chief deputy on Jan. 5.
Sheriff Dwight Baird administered the oath to Cmdr. Mike Peters, who has been employed with the sheriff’s office for the past 17 years, at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.
Peters’ wife, Debbie, pinned the chief deputy badge on her husband after the swearing-in ceremony.
Peters will be replacing former Chief Deputy Scott Koster, who retired in July 2016.
Koster was present at Friday’s ceremony, along with Plano Police Chief Jonathan Whowell, Sandwich Police Chief James W. Bianchi and State’s Attorney Eric Weis, along with a room full of police officers from various local governments.
Baird said Yorkville Police Chief Rich Hart was unable to attend the ceremony because he was recovering from knee surgery.
Peters will be second in command at the sheriff's office along with current Undersheriff Harold Martin. Martin, a former Yorkville police chief, will be retiring from the office in a year, Baird said.
"[Peters] is going to continue to oversee the courthouse security and the patrol as the chief deputy," Baird said. Martin will continue to oversee the jail and records division, Baird said.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, Baird told the crowd that he is "fortunate to have [Peters]" around and that Peters has been a "blessing" and that he's been "honored to work with him."
Baird also gave the crowd a few fun facts about the new chief deputy, such as that he plays the banjo, has a black belt in martial arts, and was once a bodyguard for Chuck Norris.
In a speech to the audience, Peters thanked his mentors and those who taught him the skills he knows today.
"I'm both honored and humbled to continue to serve the office and the people of Kendall County as chief deputy," Peters said. "Standing here today, with so many of you who have influenced my professional life, all I can say is thank you very much."