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Ovick Retires As Chief Deputy

Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 9:59 am

Pine County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Ovick is retiring at the age of 57, and had his last day in office on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

“It has been quite an endurance run here for 33 years,” Ovick told the Pine City Pioneer. “I have no regrets. I chose this job and I stuck it out.”

Ovick grew up in Pine City, and after high school went to the University of Minnesota – Duluth, where he graduated with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Criminology. Ovick also had a minor in Psychology.

The paper reports that Ovick spent his first 23 years in the department working nights, starting on patrol, then moving up to night supervisor sergeant and night supervisor lieutenant.

Ovick was appointed by then Sheriff Haavisto, and has spent the last seven years working under Sheriff Mark Mansavage in the same capacity.

Ovick also told the paper that Mansavage’s recent election loss had nothing to do with his decision to retire. Apparently Ovick was considering retiring in early 2011 before Mansavage lost his reelection bid to Robin Cole in November.

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