For Amy Stringer, being hired as a Webster County Sheriff's deputy didn't just mean a new job; it also meant a chance to return home.
Stringer, who was born and raised outside of Otho, was sworn in as the newest member of the Webster County Sheriff's Department Monday morning by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady.
Her family and friends looked on as she took the oath of office and was given her badge in the main courtroom of the Webster County Courthouse.
Before she was hired in Webster County, Stringer spent five and a half years working as a police officer with the Dodge City Police Department in Kansas.
"Dodge City was so different than Webster County," she said. "While I was there I spent time with the gang unit and dealt with drug investigations."
Stringer's interest in law enforcement dates back to when she started volunteering with the Otho Fire Department after she turned 18.
"I worked with the deputies whenever there was a fire," she said. "I got to know all of them and enjoyed being able to help people."
Returning to Webster County will allow Stringer to help out the community she grew up in.
"I'm excited to make a difference in the county," she said. "I hope that I'll be able to bring my experiences help the community."
One way Stringer hopes to do that is by using her language skills; she speaks Spanish almost fluently.
Because she's already a certified law enforcement officer, Stringer will not have to attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston.
"I still have to go through training within the department," she said.
She said she's looking forward to starting her work as a deputy.
"I'm excited to be back and get started," she said. "Webster County has always been home to me."
Stringer joins Derek Christie, who was sworn in last month, as the second Webster County Sheriff's deputy to be hired this year.