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Key man in state’s attorney’s office called for military service

Ken LaRue chief felony review for office is reserve Naval intelligence officer has been called up for his fourth deployment

Ken LaRue, chief of felony review for the office, is a reserve Naval intelligence officer and has been called up for his fourth deployment out of the country. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: August 20, 2013 6:29AM



One of the star players at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office will be gone for at least a year due to military deployment overseas.

Ken LaRue, chief of felony review for the office, is a reserve Naval intelligence officer and has been called up for his fourth deployment out of the country.

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said that he is proud of LaRue for his service to his country and that he is shuffling supervisors to lessen the impact from the temporary loss of the point man for a lot of key felony cases.

LaRue’s last day until his return was Tuesday.

“It’s going to be tough,” Nerheim said Friday morning.

“We’ll be short-handed for a long period of time, but we’ll get through it.”

Nerheim said he will rearrange the duties of some supervisors to make the transition run as smoothly as possible and stressed that LaRue’s job and title will be waiting for him when he returns.

LaRue, a resident of northern Lake County, declined to comment on his deployment and is known to play down his service, Nerheim noted.

“You’ll never hear him complain,” Nerheim said. “He worked right up until it was almost time for him to leave. A lot of people would have at least taken a week off.”

LaRue and the state’s attorney’s office weren’t given a lot of time to prepare for the change.

Nerheim said he was notified by LaRue about the deployment three weeks ago, and LaRue made the information public two weeks ago.



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