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Thursday, 05 May 2011 17:10

Newest department hire will live in and cover Wauneta

By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican


County Sheriff Kevin Mueller has announced the hiring of Thomas Howe, currently living in Ogallala, as his department’s third deputy.

Howe will officially start work on Monday, May 16. His hiring completes the sheriff’s deputy staffing.

Howe will live in Wauneta, serving as the contracted officer for that community. The county sheriff’s office contracts with the village of Wauneta to provide law enforcement there. Part of the contract requires a deputy reside there and provide a specified number of hours of coverage.

Announcement of his hiring was delayed until Howe could secure housing in Wauneta, which he has, the sheriff said last week.

Thomas Howe will be moving from Ogallala to Wauneta as the newest deputy with the Chase County Sheriff’s Office. His first day on the job will be May 16. (Imperial Republican Photo)


A graduate of Ogallala High School in 2008 where he also played football, Howe is a native of Wisconsin. He moved to Ogallala in 1999 with his parents, who still reside there.

After high school, he moved to Georgia where other family members live and attended Columbia College in Hinesville, where he was majoring in history. Due to the economy in the south and difficulty finding a job, he moved back to Ogallala in 2010.

Last summer, he worked for the city of Ogallala, then landed a job with Charter Communications. He resigned from the communications company when he accepted the sheriff’s deputy job here.

His interest in law enforcement started in high school.

“I began thinking about it midway through high school,” he said. “It grew on me.”

He said he’d been around officers growing up “and always respected the people in law enforcement. And I want to help people,” he said.

As with the recent hiring of Deputy Justin Mueller, Howe will also be attending the Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island to become certified.

Sheriff Mueller said it’s hoped he can get into the class starting Aug. 29.

Deputy Mueller starts his training there May 9, and after finishing his 14-week session, Howe will enroll.

Howe, who is single, is the youngest of three children, with two older sisters. He continues to work on his Bachelor’s degree in history through online classes with Columbia College. He said that takes up a lot of his free time. He also enjoys reading, running, exercising and lifting weights.