BY NAOMI KOWLES
For the Star Journal
Former patrol sergeant Tyler Young of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department started Monday in his new role as one of two captains on the force. Sheriff Grady Hartman selected him to fill the position, left vacant when Lloyd Gauthier was appointed as Rhinelander chief of police last May.
Young has been with the department for 23 years, Hartman said, with a career that has covered a variety of positions. Young has been an instructor for defense and arrest tactics as well as the D.A.R.E. program, served as the school liaison for Rhinelander High School, led the county’s S.W.A.T. team, and functioned as court sergeant and most recently patrol sergeant.
“Tyler has a great rapport with the community,” Hartman said. “He’s a great representative of the sheriff’s office. He’s highly experienced, he’s a great leader within the sergeant ranks. He’s earned the promotion.”
Hartman noted that Young’s leadership abilities among the officers was a contributing factor to his selection.
Young says that one of the favorite parts of his career has been the ability to serve in a large number of roles. While the adrenaline rushes that accompanied his position on the S.W.A.T. team were notable, he said it was teaching D.A.R.E. that has given him some of the most rewarding experiences.
“The first day of teaching a bunch of fifth graders in D.A.R.E. might have been the most intimidating moment of my career,” he chuckled.
He said he is looking forward to the next challenge of serving as captain in the department, with some of his priorities being the safety of the department and shedding light on lesser-known programs. Various patrol and detective sergeants have shouldered some of the tasks of the empty captain’s position in the past year, he noted, which he will be able to relieve.
Hartman said that the captain’s position would entail continued oversight of the patrol division while also providing input on other divisions.