Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy Zac Reimer has been named the new neighborhood deputy for Birch Bay after deputy Cliff Langley announced his retirement effective July 31.
Sheriff Bill Elfo said Reimer, who lives in the Birch Bay area, was chosen from a field of three candidates who submitted applications for the position. Sergeants and other command staff with the sheriff’s office reviewed the applications, and Elfo said he enlisted the help of Birch Bay Steering Committee co-chairs Kathy Berg and Doralee Booth to interview the candidates.
“We were fortunate enough to have three outstanding candidates but agreed that [Reimer] would be the best fit at this time,” Elfo said.
Reimer, who grew up in Whatcom County, started his law enforcement career with the Lummi Reservation Police Department. After working there for about two years, he joined the sheriff’s office as a deputy and has been there for eight years.
Reimer said he enjoys working in small communities because he gets to know the people there on a personal level. He said he’s looking forward to becoming a larger part of the Birch Bay community as the neighborhood deputy.
“Every community has its problems, and you try to focus in on those [as a neighborhood deputy],” Reimer said.
Citing health issues, Langley had taken an extended leave of absence in June, but his health has improved, Elfo said. Members of the public can wish him farewell at a celebration from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, on the fifth floor of the Whatcom County Courthouse at 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham.