YHS grad sworn in as local deputy

— Staff reportJanuary 28, 2014 

The Madera County Sheriff's Office has announced the swearing in of three new Deputy Sheriffs last week.

Deputies Drew Kirchert, Christopher Williams and Mike Nowka were all sworn in as part of the Madera County Sheriff's Office by Sheriff John Anderson.

Deputy Williams, of the Mountain Area, was raised in Coarsegold and was a graduate of Yosemite High. Williams is no stranger to law enforcement as he started his career while working at Table Mountain Casino as an Explosive Detection Canine Handler — he was one of the few in the state and the first in the Central Valley.

Williams spent eight years as a patrolman, field training officer, firearms instructor and motor officer for Sanger Police Department before becoming a deputy sheriff for his home county.

Deputy Williams says this was a special moment for him and his family who call Madera County home.

"There comes a point in your life, specifically in law enforcement, when you assess where you are professionally, and what's important personally, namely your family," Williams said.

Williams always places family first and said he is more than excited to serve the people of the Mountain Area and the people he holds close to his heart.

"Family must always comes first," Williams said. "I always wanted to work for the Madera County Sheriff's Office namely because what we may lack in size, we more than make up for in might. It's a family atmosphere, and everyone knows each other and calls each other by name."

The Madera County Sheriff's Office continues to accept applications for both deputy and dispatcher positions. Forms can be located online at madera-county.com.

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