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Albarado promoted to Jail Lieutenant, resigns as DARE officer

Those who know Steve Albarado know how much he loves his job as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. 

At one time, Albarado imagined he would spend the rest of his law enforcement career as the DARE officer.

However, over time, there became one job within the sheriff’s department Albarado would give that up for--Jail Lieutenant--which became vacant when Mike Knoll retired at the end of 2013.

“I put my application in and I said ‘we will see what happens’,” he said.

An interview committee deemed Albarado the best candidate out of six and, Tuesday, the Finance and Personnel committee approved the choice. He’ll start work on some Jail duties April 11, but will still continue his DARE responsibilities until the Ellsworth graduation May 14. After that, it’s 100 percent jail.

“It’s not going to be easy and I knew it wouldn’t be,” he said, about giving up DARE. “I put a lot of work into it and I’m passionate about it. I’m going to miss my time at the fair and riding in all the summer parades.

“But, this is a new challenge and it’s something I’m excited for.”

For more please read the April 2 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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