From left: Mark Hammersberg, Ahmed Hammou, Tugba O’Dell, Sheriff Gary Simpson, Kyree Studivant and Ben Teets

From left: Mark Hammersberg, Ahmed Hammou, Tugba O’Dell, Sheriff Gary Simpson, Kyree Studivant and Ben Teets

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office adds five

Ben Teets, a former attorney, was among those sworn in Monday.

A diverse and well-credentialed crop of officers and support staff was sworn in to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

Their appointment follows the retirement of Detective Raymond L. Stroble last month after 31 years in law enforcement.

Among the new hires is Ben Teets, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who has a law degree from Georgetown University. Teets deployed to Iraq for 11 months and to Afghanistan for 10 months as an air traffic controller, the sheriff’s office reported. He practiced with a Seattle-based law firm and with the National Labor Relations Board before joining the force.

Mark Hammersberg was also sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff. Hammersberg, of Kirkland, holds a Certified Nursing Certificate from Evergreen Nursing School and currently serves in the Washington Army National Guard.

The department also welcomed two new international staff members.

Ahmed Hammou, originally from Morocco, was sworn in as an inmate project coordinator with the corrections division. Hammou holds both bachelor of science and master’s degrees in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College.

Tugba O’Dell, a Turkish native fluent in both Turkish and English, will serve as a support services specialist. O’Dell has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and law from the University of Washington.

Kyree Studivant, of Clifton, New Jersey, served in the U.S. Navy before joining the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer. While with the Navy, Studivant was trained as an advocate for victims of sexual assault.

Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson administered the oath of office to all five staff members before county lawmakers and the public during a Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday.

Gabe Stutman is a reporter with the Kitsap News Group. Follow him on Twitter @kitsapgabe.

More in News

SKFR douses vessel fire at Long Lake boat dock

One person reported injured in the incident was taken to a regional trauma center

11 new COVID cases confirmed in Kitsap

On Thursday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 11 new positive cases… Continue reading

Kitsap County burn ban starts Saturday

Due to rising fire danger, the Kitsap County fire marshal is imposing… Continue reading

Manchester Library expansion now underway

Friends organization still raising funds for project

Kilmer: Constituent COVID pain is uppermost on his mind

Kilmer tells City Council that local pandemic help is coming

Jordan Blas is recipient of 2021 SK Community Pride Scholarship

Award presented by South Kitsap Properties

<em>Front: an original message was written by couple married in 2013.</em>
Courtesy photos
Message in a bottle from Poulsbo to Canada

A message in a bottle from a couple married in Poulsbo in… Continue reading

8 new COVID cases confirmed in Kitsap

Over past two weeks, Kitsap’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents is 57.3

ARPA: Restore positions, help nonprofits and charities

The Poulsbo City Council recently discussed possible uses for the $3.1 million… Continue reading

Most Read