Sheriff Nancy Hove
Sheriff Nancy Hove. File photo

In her 15 years serving as sheriff, Nancy Hove has too many memories to pick a favorite.

“I have so many. I can’t pick just one single event,” Hove said with a chuckle.

Hove is retiring in January. Her position will be filled by Officer Chad Koranda who is running unopposed. 

Hove was born and raised in Pierce County. Her police career began in 1988 when she joined the Ellsworth Police Department. She joined the Pierce County Sheriff's office in 1997 working part time.

In 2007 she began serving as sheriff. During her time with the department, she was a D.A.R.E officer for eight years.

“I’m going to miss the community the most,” Hove said. “Our department has a great connection with community members.”

Hove said she wants to be remembered as a sheriff who was “loved and respected” by community members and the department.

Hove said the sheriff's office is nothing special compared to other counties. She said the part that makes the office unique is the staff.

“We have a great group of people. We’re all great with our policing technique,” Hove said.

As Hove plans for retirement, she is unsure what the future holds. A short-term plan may be moving to South Dakota where she and her husband own property. The long-term outlook is more unclear.

“The door is wide open for the long term,” she said.

One thing Hove does know about her future is her enjoyment of being retired.

As Hove concludes her time as sheriff, she thanked the department and community for allowing her to serve. 

Hove has worked alongside Koranda for years. As he prepares to take her position, she has no concerns about the transition.

“I wish him the best. I know he’ll do great,” she said.

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