Letters to the Editor
When I first started working at Winnebago County, I had just moved to the area, and knew no one. Steve (Hepperly) was someone who I got to know very quickly, and shortly thereafter getting to know his wife, Michelle. He was always there for a question, or a conversation—as most of us know, he is very well at conversations.
Steve not only cares about people, but he cares about the community he lives in; the community he and Michelle raised their kids in. He takes so much pride in what he does and how he protects and serves the community, that I have no doubt in my mind he will make an excellent sheriff.
Sometimes, when someone becomes Sheriff, they will “hide” out and make decisions from their home or office, and you don’t see them or are unable to speak with them. However, I have no doubt in my mind, that he will be very visible—to the employees of the department and to all the citizens of Winnebago County.
That is the Steve Hepperly I know.
As many of you know, my father, Steve Hepperly, is campaigning to become your next sheriff.
For those of you who personally know my dad, I think you would agree when I say that he has always treated others with kindness and has always taken time to create personal connections with members of the community he serves. Throughout my childhood, it had become a running joke in our family, that no matter where we were headed, my dad would always find someone he knew; and if he didn’t run into someone he already knew, it wouldn’t take him long to strike up a conversation with someone else. Whenever my sister or I would make any sort of comment about it, he would always remind us that it payss off to be kind and humble to those who cross your path.
When I was younger, I never fully understood what he meant. Now that I have grown up, I have seen what being kind and humble has done for my dad and have even seen what kind of person it has shaped me to be.
In life, it can be easy to lose touch with your fellow man, and it can be hard to separate your authority from your morals. I am using this leter to speak to my dad’s character. He uses the lessons that he taught my sister and I, to remind himself that, even though he is a police officer, he still needs to treat everyone with respect and humility.
The point that I hope I made, is that my dad is, and will remain, someone who leads with his name, and not his position. He will do his best to help his fellow man, and will keep Winnbago County a great and safe place to call home.
I hope you all will consider this when voting for your next sheriff in November.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
For weeks, I’ve been trying to find a way to convey all of the reasons my dad should be the next sheriff of Winnebago County; and the truth is, it seems impossible to sum up all of the reasons why.
So, I figured I would start with a glimpse into the way my brother and I were raised. When I was six years old, my dad officially adopted me as his own. He was the only dad I ever knew, and the only dad I knew I ever needed. When I was three, we moved to Thompson, and made Winnebago County our forever home. My parents committed to raising their family here and over the next 28 years, this place did, indeed, become our home.
My dad raised us to work hard, be respectful and gracious, and to be leaders. I remember more than anything, him telling us to follow our gut, not the crowd. As soon as we were able to, we were expected to work, volunteer, and get involved within the school and community. I cannot imagine having grown up anywhere else, and I cannot imagine someone more fit to step in as the new sheriff of this wonderful county that raised us.
My dad has never turned his back on anything. His committment to his family, his community, and his career, are absolutely unparalleled. I am certain, no one will serve as sheriff of this county with more integrity, committment, dignity, or care.
Because at the root of anything, it is not what you have, but who you have, and serving all people of this county is what he will do. For these reasons, I please ask for your vote for Steve Hepperly for Sheriff.
Jessica (Hepperly) Amy