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“Local law enforcement by the community and for the community”

My name is Joe Nole, and I am running for reelection as your Jefferson County Sheriff.

I have been involved in law enforcement in Jefferson County for the past 39 years. Thirty -two years with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and seven years as a Backcountry Ranger with the United States Forest Service on the Quilcene Ranger District.

While employed at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office I have held the positions of Patrol Deputy, Detective, Chief Criminal Deputy, Appointed Sheriff, Undersheriff; and Sheriff for the past three years.

I grew up in Tacoma, Washington and have lived in Jefferson County for the past 36 years. Teri, my wife of 43 years, and I started and raised our family here. Our daughters, Katie, Emily, and Polly were raised here and attended the local public schools.

I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Ecology and was offered employment as a Backcountry Ranger with the United States Forest Service on the Quilcene Ranger District. I did not know it at the time, but I began my career in law enforcement there, living out of a two-person tent in the Buckhorn Wilderness of Jefferson County. My duties were to greet and care for the public, protect the environment, and enforce the law. When you are working solo enforcing the law where backup is likely six to eight hours away and your portable radio often does not reach civilization, you learn how to prevent problems before they happen, positively engage with the public, use diplomacy, choose your battles wisely, and step up to the plate when required.

In 1986 I returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University in secondary education with a Biology major and Chemistry minor. During the summers I continued my Backcountry Ranger duties on the Quilcene Ranger District.

I taught high school biology and chemistry for a couple of years and realized that teaching was not the profession for me. But what I learned and experienced as a teacher about patience, understanding, listening to others, and thoughtfulness helped to improve me as a law enforcement officer. 

I said it before and I’ll say it again, I sincerely care about the people living in this community. My family and I are part of it. I am dedicated to this community and the people that comprise it and take the job of Sheriff, and the impact the Sheriff’s Office can have on the community, very seriously. I firmly believe it is the Sheriff’s responsibility to thoughtfully enforce laws and oversee the administration of scarce county tax dollars and personnel in a professional, responsible manner that is inclusive of all with whom we interact.

During my many years as a law enforcement officer I continue to see first-hand the many personal and family struggles faced by our neighbors, including mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. I have not stopped believing that short comings in our society have a direct impact on these issues. I have used, and will continue to use, the office of Sheriff to address these concerns and make local improvements where I can that give people the help and understanding they need to end the cycle of continual contact with law enforcement and other first responders.

I am running for reelection as Sheriff to continue the task of promoting and maintaining a positive law enforcement presence in our community. I will continue to ensure a caring, trustworthy, helpful, and dependable group of deputies and corrections staff that treat others how they would want to be treated and how they would want their loved ones treated.

These last four years I have proven my leadership as we have all been impacted by COVID, the call for racial justice, and law enforcement reform.  With the help of the great deputies that work tirelessly for all of us I have continued to demonstrate my ability to partner with the community and other agencies in dealing with local mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and enforcing the law.

My 39 years of continuous local law enforcement experience and proven leadership in Jefferson County has prepared me to continue making a positive difference in our community as your reelected Sheriff.

Committee to Reelect Joe Nole
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