DCSD Deputy Steve Snyder is happy in his role as a problem solver and protector of the county.

The man in the brown Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) uniform may be new but the name is familiar.

Recently, Steve Snyder became the 12th deputy to join the department to supplement the departure of Deputy Kevin Rohr who was deployed to Iraq. While he’s new to the department, he is not new to the life. His father was long-time Sheriff Larry Snyder, and the DCSD has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember.

Snyder spent his first few years living above the county jail when it was still on Main Street. Then, the jail was downstairs and the sheriff’s family lived above it. Law enforcement was truly a family affiar, he noted.

“My dad was the sheriff. There were only one or two deputies. Mom was the matron of the jail, and we had one or two cooks,” he said.

When the new jail was built, Sndyer and his family moved to a house, but the lifestyle stayed with him. He noted he’s had a lifelong desire to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, he took on a different profession. He sold real estate for about 10 years. He tried several years ago, he said, but there were no reserve openings at the time.

“I hadn’t forgotten about it. It was always in the back of my mind,” Snyder said. “Daryl Templeton gave me a chance last year to come on as a reserve. That put my foot in the door to open it to full time.”

According to Sheriff Templeton, Snyder has spent 400 hours as a reserve and proved to be a reliable, energetic and eager deputy. He said bringing Snyder on full time kind of brought his career full circle. It was Snyder’s father who hired Templeton as chief deputy 30 years ago.

Snyder said he relished his time as a reserve deputy.

“The good thing about the reserve is you ride with all the deputies, so you can take pieces of how everyone does it, then I can make my own style,” he said.

With that and his background, Sndyer feels he is ahead of the curve when it comes to being a rookie in the department. While he has only been full time for less than a month, Snyder said he feels like he has found his calling, even if the schedule is not as appealing as his former job.

“I love the work. I love the job. It’s all I thought it would be. The biggest thing is the schedule. I was self-employed for 10 years. If I wanted to take the day off, I took the day off,” he said. “Here, I could work all day, come home and be called back if something happens.”

Regardless, he said the schedule didn’t bother him. Growing up in a police family, he knew what he was getting in to. It was those childhood days that likely sparked his desire for law enforcement, he said, and now that he is a deputy, he hopes to pass that excitement on to his step sons, Travis, 11, and Zomaice, 14. So far, they’ve been supportive, he noted.

“Being young boys, they think it’s the coolest thing,” he said with a smile.

While his step sons have been behind it, Snyder noted he never would have chased after his dreams had not it not been for the love and support of his wife, Amanda.

“It would be really hard to do this without her support,” he said. “She’s been behind me the whole time. She’s the greatest.”

With that love and support and famous family background, Snyder has hit the roads of Decatur County and hopes to keep the county safe and solve problems when people need help.

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