Denny Jones (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to Paul Karst (center) and his wife Sherri (left) for Karst’s 31 years of service as LaFontaine’s town marshal. Karst accepted the award with his grandson, William. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
LAFONTAINE - Since 1989, Paul Karst served the Town of LaFontaine as its marshal. Now, after 31 years, he has retired his post.
In 1985, Karst wanted to give back to the community he grew up in and loved.
“I started as a deputy marshal under Denny Jones and I did that for about four years,” he told The Paper of Wabash County after his retirement party on Saturday, Aug. 20. “I started as official town marshal in 1989. I’ve wanted to be in law enforcement since early on in high school … and this position became available as a deputy marshal.
“It’s my community and I fell in love with it and opportunity came to be fulltime marshal and it seemed like a good fit. … Law enforcement is about giving back and being available.”
Now, it’s finally time to retire and move forward, according to Karst.
Posted on 2016 Aug 30