New deputy takes oath of office
Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf administers the oath of office to his newest deputy, Levi Yonkers of Hastings. The swearing-in ceremony took place Tuesday at the county commissioners' meeting. Yonkers grew up in Hastings with his family. He attended Kellogg Community College and the KCC police academy, graduating in 2019. Initially, Yonkers accepted a job with the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office, but later decided to return home to Barry County. Levi's dad was a police officer; his brother Isaac is a Battle Creek City police officer; and his sister-in-law is a deputy with Barry County.