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Posted on: October 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff’s Office Welcomes 8 New Deputies


Sheriff’s Office Welcomes 8 New Deputies 

On Monday morning, October 21, 2019, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich swore in 8 new entry-level Deputies and welcomed them at a ceremony held with family and friends.  They are scheduled to attend the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Academy.      

Deputy Steven Dwyer is 22-years-old and originally from Montana.  He attended the University of Montana, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and continues to serve as an Infantryman in the Montana Army Guard. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, he worked for the Missoula Police Department as a Police Support Specialist.

Deputy Samuel Harding is 24-years-old and originally from Omak, Washington. He served three years as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army, 173rd Airborne Brigade, in Vicenza, Italy, before joining the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Devon Hill is 25-years-old and worked as a Fitness Coach at Lift Fitness & Nutrition before joining the Sheriff’s Office.  He earned his Eagle Scout Award with the Boy Scouts of America, teaches Sunday School, and participates in competitive strength sports.

Deputy Christopher Kilpatrick is 26-years-old and attended Eastern Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, he worked as a Realtor for Prime Real Estate.


Deputy Justin Korpi is 30-years-old and was a Reserve Officer with Spokane Police Department for six years. Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, he worked for Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) as an Animal Protection Officer for a year and a half.

Deputy Christian Ochoa is 37-years-old and moved to Spokane three years ago from California. He has always held an interest in Law Enforcement and previously worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections-Airway Heights as a Correctional Officer.


Deputy Ryan Terrell is 23-years-old and previously employed as a Press Brake Operator for Pacific Steel and Recycling in Dalton Gardens before joining the Sheriff’s Office. He pursued a career in law enforcement so he could “make a difference in people’s lives.”


Deputy Paul Ziegman is 38-years-old and worked as a Sheet Metal Journeyman for 21-years, finishing at Carlson Sheet Metal, prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office.  He wanted to work for this agency because “The Sheriff’s Office is professional, holding their deputies to a high standard of conduct on and off the job.”  

Please help us welcome them, and their families, to the Sheriff’s Office and our community.  We hope they enjoy a safe and rewarding career in Spokane County.


(Left to Right: Deputy Ryan Terrell, Deputy Justin Korpi, Deputy Samuel Harding, Deputy Christopher Kilpatrick, Deputy Devon Hill, Deputy Christian Ochoa, Deputy Steven Dwyer, and Deputy Paul Ziegman)

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