Sequim Gazette staff
The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is getting an overhaul this week with the retirement of Corrections Sgt. Matthew Blore and promotion of Luke Brown from deputy to sergeant.
Brown’s swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Emergency Operations Center at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.
Brown officially began his promotion on Feb. 1.
A lifelong resident of Clallam County, Brown graduated from Port Angeles High School in 2000 and from Peninsula College in 2003 with an associate of arts degree in criminal justice. He has been employed by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office since 2004.
Prior to his promotion, Brown worked as a corrections deputy at the county jail and as a chain gang officer for the past two years. On Jan. 1, he was assigned the duties of acting shift sergeant, working the swing shift at the jail.
Brown is married and makes his home in the Port Angeles area with his wife and three children.
Brown replaces Blore, who recently retired from the sheriff’s office.
Blore retired effective Feb. 1. He worked for the past 16 years at the jail. Co-workers said Blore has been an integral member of the Corrections Management Team.
Blore began his employment with the sheriff’s office after the closure of the Rayonier Mill, where he had many years of experience in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry. During his time with the sheriff’s office, Blore worked as a chain gang officer during the program’s infancy. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2003. In January 2010, he was assigned as the corrections section administrative sergeant.
Blore received formal recognition of his service and retirement on Feb. 4.