Having served almost three decades, Madera County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Dirk Kinkel is now adjusting his schedule from serving the citizens of Madera County to meeting the challenges that await him in retirement.
Sergeant Kinkel joined the Sheriff’s Office on October 1, 1985, sworn in as Deputy Sheriff.
In his 27 years of the Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Kinkel worked well over a thousand cases, including narcotics, fraud, theft and burglary, and homicides. Nearly 200 were closed by arrest.In January 1999, Kinkel was promoted to Sergeant and then Detective Sergeant in November of 2000. In his supervisorial role he was often described as dedicated and thorough, energetic, and enthusiastic.
Despite his role as Detective Sergeant, supervising a number of criminal investigations, he was always available to assist whenever and wherever needed. Just this summer for example, Sgt. Kinkel could be counted among an elite eradication team, assigned to hiking in and out of remote regions of Madera County when aerial support wasn’t available during “Operation Mercury.”
Sgt. Kinkel is a quiet man, who many regard as a mentor and friend. Because of that strong bond he established in the Mountain community, an intimate gathering was hosted in his honor last month in Oakhurst.
Sergeant Dirk Kinkel retired from public service on September 28, 2012.