Sheriff of 22 Years Says Goodbye to Lake County

A longtime sheriff is saying goodbye to his community.

Lake County Sheriff Bob Hilts is retiring after 37 years in the police force and 22 years as sheriff. He calls Lake County home after growing up there.

Hilts is leaving so he can spend more time with his family. He and his wife will move to Florida.

The sheriff's last day isn't until the end of October, but from now until then he'll be in and out of Lake County.

Undersheriff Dennis Robinson will take Hilts' place.

For Hilts, the number one perk of being sheriff is the many friends he's made.

“It's just the trust people put in you. I'm the longest running sheriff ever of Lake County, and the longest one previous to me was only eight years,” said Sheriff Bob Hilts. “You know, to have the previous people put the trust in you for that many years, there's nothing I can say but thank you.”

There will be an open forum to wish the sheriff farewell Saturday July 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Baldwin Housing Community Building.