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Emmet County hires new jailer

By Staff | Oct 2, 2008

An individual who holds degrees in both law enforcement and corrections is the newest jailer to join the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department.

Whitney Shupe of Hornick began her new duties on Aug. 1, but she has been a familiar face within the department for more than a year.

Shupe graduated from Westwood High School in 2003. She attended South Dakota State University before joining the South Dakota National Guard.

In 2004, she continued her studies at Iowa Lakes Community College where, in 2007, she received law enforcement and corrections degrees.

Work experience includes jailer duties with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, reserve deputy responsibilities with the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department (May 2007), Emmet County dispatcher employment (September 2007) and now the jailer position.

The rural Emmet County resident said, “I am privileged to have a job in the field I studied and am looking forward to some day having the opportunity of being employed as a deputy.”

While at Iowa Lakes, Shupe served as secretary of the criminal justice club her second year and as president her last year.

Currently she is a three-year member of the Estherville Ambulance Service as she is a certified EMT-B (Iowa and national certifications).

She continues to be a member of the Emmet County Reserves.

In her spare time, Shupe enjoys hunting, team roping and motorcycle riding.