As young man, Steve Porter was just looking for a way to make a living and support his family, so he pursued a law enforcement career. Today, he still works in law enforcement, but the motives have changed from when he first started, as to why he remains in this career, becoming something more.
“You kind of take it personal working in law enforcement, if someone gets hurt or abused in a certain way, and you want to really work hard to try to help that victim out,” Porter said. “So, (there’s) kind of a personal responsibility in trying to keep people (and) kids safe.”
Porter began as the new Kittson County Sheriff on March 1 after the Kittson County Board officially appointed him at its February meeting. He will finish the term of his predecessor, Kenny Hultgren, who retired and completed his last official day on the job on February 28 after working in the position since 2003. In his sheriff’s office, Porter sat down to discuss what he enjoys about working in law enforcement, a difficulty he has faced in this new role, the support of his department, his time with Hultgren, and goals he hopes to achieve as county sheriff.
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