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Hove not missing the political race

Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove poses for a picture in her office. David Clarey / RiverTown Multimedia

Editor's note: This story is part of a series on Pierce County Sheriff candidates. Find the rest of the story here

Nancy Hove

  • Age: 52
  • Address: Ellsworth Wi.
  • Website: none
  • Twitter: none
  • Facebook: Re-elect Nancy Have for Sheriff 
  • Education: Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and many hours of yearly education.
  • Family: Husband Jason Hove and family dog named Oxbo
  • Occupation: 30 years in law enforcement, 12 of those as the Pierce County Sheriff
  • Civic involvement: Member of the Bay City Legion Auxiliary, President of the Wisconsin Sheriff's And Deputy Sheriff's Association, Secretary of the Badger State Sheriff's Association.

Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove has faced a challenger for her spot every election, but isn't missing "politics" this year as she only faces a write-in candidate in the upcoming election.

"I'm not a big politician and so enjoying the race is not my thing," Hove said. "It was shocking, because I'm used to having someone [run against me.]"

Her write-in opponent Oake Gregory filed a month before the race, which allowed Hove to campaign uncontested throughout the summer. Despite that, she still did the typical election strategy: a social media push, dispersing lawn signs and appearing at the county's summer parades.

The incumbent sheriff since 2006, Hove has overseen the expansion of the county sheriff's department in her 12 years at the helm. The Democratic sheriff candidate touted the new department equipment, new employees and the new jail.

"Those are some huge steps in the last 12 years," Hove said.

She said the county's problems include drug and alcohol problems, but the department "constantly fights" it.

"We're always going to have issues, every county does," Hove said.

Recently, other internal issues have created some scrutiny on the department. Pierce County sheriff's deputy Allen Wojcik was arrested on suspicion of second-degree child sexual assault and placed on administrative leave.

Hove rejected the idea that Wojcik's arrest represents a problem in the department, and that she hasn't prompted policy reviews due to it being an off-duty situation.

"What people do in their off time is not in my control," Hove said. "Does that make it right? No."

She's had numerous goals over her tenure, and said that anyone who takes on the role has a list of things they want to accomplish. However, she acknowledges that the job entails surprises which can curtail long-term goals.

Working well with the public and assuring officer safety are two of her largest goals, she said.

"There's things that I thought about 12 years ago that I haven't gotten to," she said. "I may never, sometimes it's just keeping the boat afloat."

If re-elected, the lifelong Pierce resident said that she would reach 35 years of service at the end of her term, and be at retirement age. Despite that, she said she's staying quiet on her plans.

"I'm not really saying," Hove said. "I'll have 35 years in at the end of this term ... I'm sitting pretty good and I've reached the age of retirement."