Cascade County Undersheriff John Stevens retired on Friday after 20 years on the team.
Colleagues gathered to celebrate all he has done for the community, including a surprise visit from his brother.
Stevens says he’s looking forward to time with his grandchildren, and his new job as the Disaster & Emergency Services coordinator for Cascade County.
He couldn't say goodbye without a little advice.
"Being a cop or in law enforcement you can really get into this, and you have to remember what you have at home. Whatever it is, don’t forget that. You can really get caught up in this and it can consume your life. You have to realize, don’t let the badge define you, you define who you are,” Stevens said.
Sheriff Bob Edwards has known Stevens for many years, and says the team is losing a huge asset.
"This isn’t goodbye. You’re still my friend. We're still going to work together, he still works for the county. It’s bittersweet. He's done a lot of good things for this office. He’s done a lot of good things for me. I appreciate everything he’s done for not only me, but this office. We’re going to miss him around here,” Edwards said.
Lieutenant Dave Philips will be the new undersheriff, and he will be sworn in on Tuesday.
(NOVEMBER 21, 2017) Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards announced on Tuesday that Undersheriff John Stevens will be retiring effective January 12, 2018.
Stevens has accepted a new position as the Disaster & Emergency Services Coordinator for Cascade County, according to Edwards.
In a press release, Edwards said that Stevens rose through the ranks quickly obtaining the ranks of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and ultimately, Undersheriff.
Stevens served as a a patrol supervisor and training supervisor, and was assigned to the Central Montana Drug Task Force for six years; for five of those years he was the commander/supervisor.
Cascade County Commissioner Jim Larson said in a press release, “The Commission is excited to have John in this position. John knows the county well and brings a wealth of experience to the job. We know he will work seamlessly with the City and State DES coordinators, along with our dedicated Volunteer Fire Department and Quick Response Teams, to protect the citizens within the city and county.”
Stevens said, “I am very proud of my years working at the Sheriff’s Office serving the citizens of Cascade County, and I am very excited to start a new career serving Cascade County as the DES Coordinator. I believe my experience working with first responders during my time in the Sheriff’s office has provided me first-hand knowledge about several aspects of the DES role.”
Stevens will begin his duties at the DES office immediately and officially retire from the Sheriff’s Office on January 12, 2018.
Sheriff Edwards said that he is working on filling the Undersheriff position.