What could make the Howard County sheriff and his department sing the blues? Losing a friendly competition with the local library.
Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers and members of his department rapped the “Law-keeper Blues” and sang the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s praises after losing a fundraising challenge.
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library wanted to help raise $1,000 for the MLK Jr. Memorial that will be constructed in Kokomo and created a unique fundraising project to accomplish its goal: Spirit Week. During Spirit Week, KHCPL allowed employees to do things normally not allowed in exchange for donations. The library had a day for its staff to wear jeans with their KHCPL logo shirts, indulge in an ice cream sundae bar, wear fun footwear such as flip flops and slippers, bring their kids to work and bring their dogs to work.
Hoping to get the community involved, KHCPL challenged the Howard County Sheriff’s Department to do the same. To up the ante, the library and sheriff decided that once the fundraising was over and the money counted, whoever raised the least had to be videotaped serenading the winner.
With a total of $848, KHCPL won. The Howard County Sheriff’s Department raised $323.
Personnel Director Ree Moon wrote the lyrics to “Law-keeper Blues” and Sgt. Mark Brackett was the music director, creating the keyboard arrangement to accompany Sheriff Rogers, deputies, jailers, and other staffers as they rapped. Then they showed off their dance moves, and Detective Rod Shaffer’s were featured.
Head videographer Joseph Fipps of Mills Digital filmed it, and it’s now available for viewing on kokomotribune.com or the KHCPL YouTube channel.
“We wanted to compete with another local employer so we searched for one with about the same number of employees,” said Faith Brautigam, library director.