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As sheriff, Hove strives to do more with less

Name: Nancy Hove

Age: 44

Hometown: Hager City

Occupation: Sheriff

Clubs, organizations, civic involvement: DARE. Badger Sheriffs

Family: Husband, Jason, parents, Judy and the late Jim Ortwerth, in-laws, Mary and Dave Hove, sisters, Wendy and Heidi, brother, Chris, sister-in-law, Leslie, many nieces and nephews

Education: 1984 Ellsworth High School graduate, Hibbing (Minn.) Technical and Community College, Associate degree in law enforcement, many other accredited courses throughout 20 years in law enforcement

Although the department's budget is a top concern for Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove, talking about it raises another concern for her.

"Where we're going as a community as a whole" is a leading issue identified by the candidate for reelection as sheriff in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, general election.

Priorities in the community and government continue to be addressed, Hove said, yet there's a prevailing expectation more must be done with less.

"Sometimes it shows," she said, understanding an overburdening of taxpayers needs to be avoided while a demand for services is increasing.

The budget is definitely the "greatest hurdle" for the sheriff's office in the future, she said, mindful a larger department is inevitable. The crime rate keeps going up and there are additional disasters to handle, such as this summer's floods. Even the motorcycle flood runs and other events, despite being "nice to see" because they bring in tourism, cause the department to get busier.

Especially when economic times are tough, this poses a dilemma, the candidate said.

"Sooner or later, we're going to need more people," she said, describing dealing with the resulting overtime and other expenses as "one of my biggest challenges."

For more please read the Oct. 20 print version of the Herald.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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