A new deputy for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department was sworn in on Thursday at the chambers of the Cherokee County magistrate, Ryan Kolpin.
Jeff Friedrichsen, a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, has long considered the possibility of a career in law enforcement, although he pursued another career path after graduating from Washington High School in 1997. He studied carpentry at the community college in Sheldon and then worked for Haselhoff Construction.
Friedrichsen grew up on a rural Cherokee farm, the son of Lynn and Pat Friedrichsen.
"It's always been in the back of my mind to work toward law enforcement," Friedrichsen said.
He is not new to public service, having been a fireman and EMT on the Larrabee Fire Department for the seven years. He currently lives on an acreage west of Larrabee with his wife Teresa and their two children, Emma, age 5, and Jacob, age 1.
Teresa is a para -educator for the Cherokee School District.
"I'm excited to be given the opportunity to give something back to the community," Friedrichsen said.
The swearing in on Thursday brings the number of county law enforcement officers back up to its full strength of six, which includes the sheriff. However, Friedrichsen is scheduled to go to the law enforcement academy for a 13 week training course starting in April.