Bramer retires from Lake County Animal Control

BALDWIN — Terry Bramer has served the Lake County Sheriff's Office for the past 27 years. He recently retired as an officer with Lake County Animal Control, which he served for seven years.

On Monday, July 31, a retirement party was thrown for him at the Pere Marquette Room at Pompeii's.

"Now I can start slowing down," Bramer said. "I have been with the county for 27 years starting out with dispatch and corrections in the jail. I worked at the Technical Rule Violator Center for a number of years before being transferred to the jail again, where I became supervisor. I then was assigned to Lake County Animal Control.

"With Lake County Animal Control, even though I was on call, I got to spend nights with my family. I got holidays and every other weekend off. Being with family is important to me, and I missed holidays, sports games and other events with my work previous to animal control. I have no regrets working for Lake County Animal Control. It was a good way to end my career."

Amy VanDyken, who also works at Lake County Animal Controll, said she enjoyed working with Bramer.

"It was good working with Terry these past few years," she said. "He is a great guy."

Bramer said the woman replacing him, Alyssa Chapman, is good with technology, computers and networking. She arranged a number of adoptions in the past few weeks. No dogs have been put down in the last couple months.

"I leave my position in good hands," he said.

Bramer said now that he is retired, he plans to take his motor home out a lot more often, and spend time with his family and grandchildren. As president of Shrine of the Pines, he will keep being involved in the community.