After 11 years as sheriff Brad Balk was ready to retire
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Retired Sheriff Brad Balk

CENTREVILLE – After 40 years, Brad Balk is enjoying not having to be at the office by a certain time each morning.

Balk retired January 31 after serving 11 years as St. Joseph County Sheriff. He says he started thinking about retiring in the Summer of 2019. Part of that meant getting his staff ready to talk on more responsibility when he left office. Balk says he was confident that they would do a great job.

Balk, who worked for the Sheriff's Department for 40 years, got a good understanding of the position as a child, when his father Neuman Balk served as St. Joseph County Sheriff. Balk says his family was one of the last to live in the apartment behind the jail, and it wasn't uncommon for many people to come to their front door. One night the railroad superintendent came and their dog attacked him.

Balk says he plans on using his retirement time to travel with his wife, visit his children and grandchildren and others that he hasn't had time to see over the years.


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