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Darrin Adams Annouces Candidacy For Sheriff

By Staff | Feb 23, 2012

Darrin E. Adams

Darrin E. Adams of Emmetsburg has announced his campaign for Palo Alto County Sheriff. Darrin has been a Police Officer with the Emmetsburg Police Department for 16 years.

Adams grew up in a 4-H and FFA household in Thompson and graduated from North Iowa High School in Buffalo Center. He continued his education and football career at Waldorf College, earning an Associative Arts Degree. Adams then completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement at Mankato State University where he also met his wife, Tricia.

In January 1996 Adams began his career with the Emmetsburg Police Department. As an officer with the department, Darrin has been heavily involved in providing community education in Bike Safety, Stranger Danger, Drug Awareness, and Bullying programs in schools and daycares He regularly welcomes new college students to Iowa Lakes Community College by speaking in classes during the early days of their college education. Darrin has also been invited to speak in regards to women’s safety and elderly safety through programs and seminars offered at Iowa Lakes Community College. Darrin has been a member of the Iowa Lakes C.O.C. and S.A.V.E Programs advisory boards. He enjoys promoting and ensuring a safe community for the citizens.

In 2001 Darrin became a certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. As a firearms instructor, he works to develop trainings and certification compliance for the Emmetsburg Police Officers, Police Reserves, Palo Alto County Deputies, Reserve Deputies, and fellow team members of the Multi-Agency Response Team (MART). Recently Darrin was selected to be a part of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy’s Firearms Training Advisory Board.

“I am proud to share my knowledge and experience in firearms training with the community by hosting concealed carry firearms classes,” said Adams

Darrin was appointed by the Palo Alto County Supervisors and serves as a volunteer on the Palo Alto County Conservation Board. He is the President of the Palo Alto County Pheasants Forever Chapter.

“Pheasants Forever and the Conservation Board share a common interest in the importance of educating today’s youth with outdoor experiences and I want to be a part of that effort,” says Adams.

As a part of his dedication to outdoor experiences, Darrin has been a volunteer instructor providing the Iowa DNR required hunter safety course to several hundred youth and adults over the last 11 years.

“Most kids may not remember their first period homeroom teacher, but most remember who they took hunter safety with.” Adams continued saying, “This is my way of giving something to the young hunters of our community.”

Darrin and his wife Tricia have made Emmetsburg their home. Tricia works as the Human Resources Manager for Kerber Companies. They have two children, Hannah (9) and Nathan (5) who attend school at West Elementary. They love fishing, playing outside, and working in the shop with their Dad.

“I am humbled by the support I have received from all the communities in Palo Alto County during this early campaign to be the next Sheriff of Palo Alto County. My Dad told me as a child that one can learn a lot more by listening than talking. I hope to have the chance to hear your concerns and your advice over the next several months. If you don’t want to talk election topics, we can visit about antique tractors, hunting, woodworking, fishing, or even the crazy weather we have been having,” said Adams.

“I hope when Election Day rolls around that I have earned your trust and respect to receive your vote to fill the position of Palo Alto County Sheriff. As Sheriff, the deputies and I will remember we live amongst the people we work for,” says Adams. “We are all neighbors and we need to be proud of the service and protection we provide the citizens of Palo Alto County.”