I grew up in a law enforcement home, and had a father who was a colonel in the military. He spent several years in the Pentagon. So law enforcement was in my blood, and I knew that one of the best ways to give back was through serving in law enforcement and the military.
There were so many things that happened for me that night, and I came out knowing that’s where I needed to go, into that line of work. That’s what I did; I joined the local sheriff’s office as a reserve officer. As a reserve officer you don’t get paid, you put your life in danger for no compensation. You ride around assisting police officers. I did that for a period of time, and shortly after the sheriff’s office asked if I would join them full-time. I talked to my wife about it, and she said absolutely not. She was concerned about the dangers the job presented. But I knew it was something that I wanted to do, I needed to try at least. Like I said, I wanted to do something that was impactful for other people and meaningful to me. It was the best experience, because I got to spend time with people who truly needed help. You are meeting people at the lowest points of their lives.
After spending some time as a sheriff deputy, I was promoted to the Public Information Officer, the liaison between the sherriff’s office and the community. I did all the interviews for the sherriff’s office, and I had to speak to what was going on behind the scenes without giving too much information on jeopardizing the case. I stayed in law enforcement for five years before deciding to run for Sherriff.