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Sheriff hired to teach evening driving classes

Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove will take another role come April when she begins teaching drivers education to Ellsworth area teens.

Hove, who was elected to her second term as sheriff last November, has been hired by Safety and Respect Driving School of Eau Claire to teach both classroom and behind-the-wheel driving.

She was adamant the new job won't interfere with her work as sheriff. Hove said the classes, held at Ellsworth High School, will be in the evenings and she will have her phone with her at all times so reaching her won't be a problem.

"I'm right here. I'm not leaving the county (to teach classes)," said Hove. "It's no different than if I'm sitting at home or in my boat fishing."

She added, "Really it's a minimal amount of time, and I can schedule it around my schedule."

Pierce County Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence said he knows of no policy or ethics rule that would prohibit Hove taking the Safety and Respect job.

"I don't believe there is a problem with her doing that," he said. "As an elected official, clearly you have that option."

For more please read the March 9 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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