Mychal S. Gooch, 24, of Harrisburg was sworn in as the newest Saline County Deputy Sheriff on Jan. 2, 2013.
Gooch is a local resident, son of Natalie and Kelly Hefner of Harrisburg and Robin Gooch of Marion. Gooch graduated from Harrisburg High School in 2006.
Gooch received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology-criminal justice from McKendree University in 2010 and has continued his education at Southern Illinois University where he is working on a masters degree.
He will add to his education this month when he attends Police Training Institute at University of Illinois.