ELIZABETHTOWN — After 44 years serving in law enforcement, Herman Dunn retired on Monday, Oct. 7, from the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. Dunn, who spent nearly the past three years as the chief deputy under Sheriff Prentis Benston, worked with Alcohol Law Enforcement for 30 years before taking a part-time job with the Sheriff's Office. For 11 years, he worked in a wide variety of of duties while with the Sheriff's Office, including that of investigator, in the Bladen County Jail, in aviation, communications and grants. “Herman Dunn has done a lot for the Bladen County Sheriff's Office and the citizens,” said former Capt. Rodney Hester, who was recently promoted by Benston to chief deputy. “His service to Bladen County is very appreciated.” According to Hester, Dunn was responsible for a large part of the rapid deployment training in Bladen County over the past several years. He was also a certified firearms instructor and teaches law enforcement in-service training at Bladen Community College. Dunn reportedly retired in order to spend more time with his wife Randa, their children and grandchildren. Hester, who has served nearly three years as captain for the Sheriff's Office — and, as such, handled a majority of the public information duties — replaced Dunn officially on Tuesday, Oct. 8. “I feel grateful that the sheriff has the confidence in me that I can do the job,” Hester said. “My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has blessed me beyond measure. I ask for everyone's prayers for all of our first responders.” Hester will continue to handle the public information duties for the Sheriff's Office.