|New deputy completes first month on job|
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
New Chase County Deputy Sheriff Vince Lopez is no stranger to western Nebraska. The Valentine native decided to apply for a position in the department because of the hunting and fishing opportunities, and because he had worked with Sheriff Tim Sutherland in Valentine.
Lopez, 50, began his new duties May 8. He looks forward to “being able to serve the public, and do the best I can.”
The new deputy graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island in 1982. He was an officer with the Valentine Police Department for two years, then the Kearney Police Department for nine years.
Most recently, he worked construction in Charlotte, N.C. He decided to return to law enforcement because it was a good time in his life, and because the Imperial position opened up.
Besides hunting and fishing, Lopez enjoys bicycling.
He has two daughters, both living in Brooklyn, Md.
Lopez replaces Stan Colby in the Sheriff’s Department.