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.