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Sheriff Hove announces candidacy for third term

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Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove has a simple answer for why she wants to continue in her job. 

“Because I enjoy what I do,” she said. “I enjoy serving the people of Pierce County and I’m not ready to give it up yet.”

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With that in mind, Hove announced last week she will seek a third term as sheriff in November.

Hove, a Democrat, was first elected in 2006 when she defeated incumbent Everett Muhlhausen. She then defeated challenger Tom Gunderson four years ago. Hove has at least one announced challenger in the November election, as Republican Bill Parks declared his candidacy last month.

“I’ve been very proud of my department,” she said, “It’s been a wonderful eight years. We have gotten a lot accomplished.”

Those accomplishments include a new computer system, a Mobile Command Post, an air boat, a fire boat and a new radio system, which Hove proudly says all came from grant funds.

But there still remains one hurdle for Hove and all sheriff’s department employees to deal with, the future of the Pierce County Jail. Two Ad Hoc committees have studied the jail over the last 12 months, which have dealt with topics such as the size of the jail and potential sites.

“The jail has been a need for many years, even before I became sheriff,” Hove said. “No one wants to pay for it, but it is something that is needed. It’s not a want...I’m happy the county board has at least looked at the possibility of building a new jail and hopefully the right decision will be made for the county.”

Hove is a lifelong resident of Pierce County, who has been a sheriff’s employee since 1997. She started out in jail/dispatch, then moved to patrol. She became (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) DARE officer for six years before moving to sheriff. Prior to her sheriff employment, she spent a year in the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and seven years with the Ellsworth Police Department.

“When you get to become DARE officer, you get to know everyone,” she said.

She is married to Jason and they live outside of Plum City.

Hove said, within the next few months, a Facebook page will be created for her candidacy.

“I’m looking forward to serve the citizens of Pierce County the next four years,” she said.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
(715) 273-4334
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