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Key man in Lake County prosecutor’s office heads out for fourth military deployment

Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue will spend Veterans Days among those interviewing veterans for Library Congress Veterans’ History Project. |

Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue will spend Veterans Days among those interviewing veterans for the Library of Congress Veterans’ History Project. | Sun-Times Media file

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One of the star players in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office will be gone for at least a year as he heads out on his fourth military deployment overseas.

As chief of felony review, Ken LaRue — who is also a reserve Naval intelligence officer — serves as the point main for key felony cases.

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 LaRue’s absence. LaRue’s last day 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, 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.

“I’m so proud of him,” Nerheim said. “I’m proud as a colleague and a friend. He’s an outstanding supervisor and a consummate public servant, whether overseas or at his job here.”

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