Ruter assumes deputy duties
Tony Ruter, a native of Kanawha, joined the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office as a sheriff’s deputy effective April 30.
Ruter received an associates of science degree in police science technology from Western Iowa Technical College in Sioux City and later an associates of applied science in environmental studies from Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.
He completed his internship at the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office then worked as a jailer for Palo Alto County before joining the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office.
Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens said Ruter and deputy Josh Kilpatrick, who was also hired within the last few months, will attend law enforcement academy at the same time. With the addition of Ruter and Kilpatrick, Martens said the department is now at full force again for the first time in over a year.
Martens said Ruter will assist throughout Emmet County and work in all aspects of county law enforcement.
“I’m interested in everything,” Ruter said. “I’m ready to go.”
With staffing at full force, Martens said the department will now be better able to deter crime throughout the county.
“This shortage of manpower has created problems,” Martens said. “The best tool I have is here is deterrence. And visibility helps deterrence.”
Ruter lives in Ringsted.