He wears a different kind of badge now. Instead of being the Cache County Sheriff, Lynn Nelson is identified now as Director of Advancement at the Child and Family Support Center.
Nelson’s long-time job as sheriff ended when he was defeated by fellow Republican Chad Jensen but he is now working for the center after serving as a board member and strong supporter for 13 years.
He says there is always a lot to do.
“Growth and the demand for services has really increased,” Nelson says. “There (are) a lot of very positive things going on, a lot of help for families to strengthen families, provide education for first-time parents, step-families, kids.
“It’s tough being a kid these days and we teach a lot of skilled-based classes that teach those kids how to deal with the modern day world.”
Nelson says an expansion is going on at the Hyrum facility, Intermountain Healthcare recently donated the former Budge Clinic building in Smithfield and land has been donated for a new and larger place for the Child and Family Support Center in Logan.
Members of the center’s staff refer to Nelson as a, “very valuable employee.”
The former sheriff is not the first to leave law enforcement and then work at a job where children are being protected. Former Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Stauffer has been serving as director of the Children’s Justice Center since he retired approximately 10 years ago.
On Friday, March 27 the Child and Family Support Center’s 10th annual Blue Ribbon Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held. Nelson says the big event with a 70’s Disco theme starts at 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend.