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Pierce County Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence reading a commendation U.S. Congressman Ron Kind gave on the House floor, honoring Neil Gulbranson's 39 years. Jason Schulte photos

Gulbranson turns in badge after 39 years


Last week could have possibly been the longest week of Neil Gulbranson's career with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

The humble Gulbranson spent more time than he would ever like accepting congratulations and good luck, as last week was his final week with the department after 39 years, the last 27 as chief deputy.

"Keep it short," he said Thursday before former Board Chairman Paul Barkla presented him a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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