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Van Nocker returns as new DARE officer

Eric Van Nocker started last week as the new Pierce County Sheriff’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer. He succeeds Steve Albarado, who was promoted to jail lieutenant. (Submitted photo)

Eric Van Nocker loved his seven years working patrol for the River Falls Police Department. 

Yet, when the time came, he and wife Renee decided they wanted to move back home, which for both of them was the Fond du Lac area.

When they were there, they realized home wasn’t the same and were itching to come back to western Wisconsin.

The Van Nockers lived in Ellsworth during their previous time here and, as Eric explained, they got to know everyone in their neighborhood, and fell in love with the “small-town” life.

“We built a life for ourselves back up here,” he said. “It was quieter, you could hear the birds, and not hear the sounds of sirens every two seconds,” he said. “…You felt like part of the community.”

Eric started applying everywhere he could, with one opening in particular really intriguing him--the opportunity to be the new Pierce County Sheriff’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer.

“Being in patrol for six years, I was ready to do something different,” he said. “Plus, I like to talk and with kids of my own (Piper, age five, and Gracie, eight months) I thought this would be a great opportunity.”

Van Nocker was one of three who interviewed (all candidates were outside the sheriff’s department) and couldn’t contain his excitement when the time came.

“I didn’t even let (Sheriff Nancy Hove) finish, when she offered me the job, before I said yes,” he said. He started last week, succeeding Steve Albarado.

For more please read the June 18 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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