New Yuma County Sheriff sworn in

New Yuma County Sheriff sworn in


YUMA, AZ - Yuma's longest serving sheriff turned in his badge and gun and handed the reigns over to his chief deputy during a change of command ceremony Friday morning.

Ralph Ogden retired as sheriff after holding down the top position for 20 years.       

Yuma's new sheriff, Leon Wilmot, is no stranger to the area. Wilmot has served alongside Ogden for 27 years.   

Now that he's sheriff, Wilmot says his number one priority is to make good on his campaign promise to improve communication between his deputies and local schools.

Ogden has worked 42 years with the same department.

"I've taught him everything I know, he's scary," Ogden said laughing. "He's a good man, he knows what needs to be done," he added on a more serious note.

With 27 years experience, Wilmot says his immediate goal is to improve community policing.

"Get our officers back in with the schools to build that communication gap between our youth that are our leaders for tomorrow," said Wilmot.

For Ogden, even in retirement - he says he will always be willing to help his fellow officer, but with one condition.

"I told him just not to call me after 5 o'clock at night," joked Ogden.

Wilmot says he will continue to carry Ogden's legacy and provide the best public safety to the community.

As for Ogden, he plans to stay in Yuma and enjoy his retirement.

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