BEATRICE – The late Clifford Wolf, Jr. and the late Jeremy Wach are being remembered as public servants, and two rooms are now named for them at the Nebraska State Probation Office and Reporting Center, in Beatrice.
A ceremony was held Thursday, unveiling two plaques that memorialize their dedication. Wolf became the first probation officer in Beatrice, serving the state for 37 years. Retired District Judge Paul Korslund says the man known as “Junior” was a “tough probation officer, but with a heart of gold”.
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Retired Saline County Judge J. Patrick McArdle remembers Wolf’s reference to the need for occasional telephonic intervention, with persons on probation.
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Jefferson and Saline County Judge Linda Bauer says Wolf helped form her attitude toward the criminal justice system as a prosecutor…and now as a judge.
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Cliff Wolf, Jr. passed away July 7th, 2011. He last held the position of Acting Chief Probation Officer.
Jeremy Wach was a firefighter and Gage County Corrections Director, who died while fighting a Wymore house fire, November 5th, 2007.
Chief Deputy Gage County Sheriff Doug Klaus and Wach had adjacent offices at the sheriff’s department.
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Klaus said although Wach was head of Corrections, his first love was going out on the road, and answering calls for service.
Southeast District Chief Probation Officer Jeremy Behrends says naming the two rooms is a great way to show the value of probation and programs as a community resource, that can help people rebuild their lives.
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Spouses and family members of Cliff Wolf Jr. and Jeremy Wach, current and past probation staff and justice employees attended the dedication of the two rooms…followed by a reception at probation headquarters.
The Southeast District Probation Office and Reporting Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Beatrice Police Headquarters Building.