Pottawatomie County Environmental Crimes Deputy Shaun Copelin gave his final update to County Commissioners in their regular meeting Monday, March 2.
According to Copelin, Monday was his last day as the Environmental Deputy and while he said he is sad to go, he looks forward to the future.
"It was just time for me to go. I don't know (about the future). I'm just going to take some time off and I've gotten some offers...I'm still going to be here in the county and looking for ways to serve the people," Copelin said. "I love Pott. County."
For over a year Copelin has built the Environmental Crimes program by coordinating dump clean ups, picking up trash and more.
The deputy said he's going to miss his position, but he enjoyed the opportunity to make the program what it is today.
"I have a passion for building things and I enjoyed putting the pieces together and seeing it catch fire around the county," Copelin said. "For me making a difference (and) serving a community that's what really touches my heart."
For five years Copelin said he served the Pott. County Sheriff's Office and during his time as the Environmental Deputy, he said he's picked up about 1.3 million pounds or 650 tons of trash in the county.
According to County Sheriff Mike Booth, Copelin will be missed as he was an amazing deputy and extremely dedicated to Environmental Crimes.
"I hope that the experience that he's gained in the Environmental Crimes area he can help and pass that on to someone else," Booth said. "Finding a replacement for Shaun we're going to be very picky. We have people that want to do it. I have to make sure we get the best person that's available for this position.”
Since announcing his plan to leave, Copelin said people have been very kind and he appreciates those who helped him developed the program.
"Everybody has been so nice (but) it's not about me, it's about the program. One of the reasons why it's not a bad time to leave is because it's really caught fire," Copelin said. "We have citizens out there volunteering...I hope it just keeps growing and getting bigger and bigger."
Copelin said he would like to thank all of those who volunteered to help him “Keep Pottawatomie County Clean” and who continue to clean up and do their part.
"All of us who live here were deserve a healthy, safe and beautiful place to raise our families and live and I think in my small way I've added to that a little bit and let's just keep it going," Copelin said.