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For the Public: Steve Ford, Nevada City

Where I work: Nevada City Police Department.

My job title: Police officer

What I do in my job: I fight crime and corruption. I deal with traffic a lot and I give a lot of directions. I explain to people how to get to Nevada City and I make sure people are being nice to each other. Sometimes it is like being a game show host.



Why my job is important to the public: Because someone has to show up when things go wrong, when people run out of options and a decision has to be made. We show up and try and help out the best way that we can.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I really like people. I really care about people and I really try and understand them. I have a pretty good rapport with everyone, even the far out ones. So I guess heart, mild enthusiasm, energy on some days, and the way I listen to people.




The best part of my job: So many parts are great. Meeting people and being able to make a difference. Being able to affect change – that is the best part, because maybe they just need redirection. And the blue wool pants.

A day at work I’ll always remember was … : I used to be a sheriff’s deputy and my partner was Alicia Milhous. We herded a bunch of cattle off Mooney Flat Road one day and that was pretty cool.

How I got my job: I heard there might be a job opening and that this was a great place to work. Chief Trovato had the good grace to choose me.

How long I’ve been working here: I’ve been a cop in the county for four years and one and a half years here.

My dream job would be: I think I am doing it. I’ve got a great job in a great city.

My family: My wife, the lovely Shawndel, and I have three children.

My hobbies: I have to bicycle; it is more like a habit than a hobby. And music, I love music. I enjoy collecting rare books. And reading “Finnegans Wake;” it is a lifetime commitment.

When I was a kid: I did as little as possible, loafed, walked in the woods, ducked out of responsibility. Throwing rocks at objects was always fun. Mostly the loafing, I still enjoy loafing immensely.

My dream vacation: Go back to the homeland, Ireland.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Jack Black.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My dad, Don Ford, was a big influence in my life. All three of my kids, huge differences. Police officers that I have worked with too numerous to name, and authors.

My hero: I certainly have men and women I really look up to and admire, but I don’t know if I’d call them heroes. I like Yoda a lot. And Dorothy Day, she just changed lives through sheer force of will and did a lot of good for a lot of people.

The best book I’ve read lately: “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce is the best book ever, but the best book I’ve read lately was “Nature Noir” by Jordan Fisher Smith – I used to work with him as a park ranger.

I like living in Nevada County because: I love living in Nevada County, especially Nevada City. You’ve got to be open here or else they pry you open.

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To suggest a civil servant for this weekly feature, contact Britt Retherford at brittr@theunion.com or 477-4247.


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