by Peter Jakey–Managing Editor
The race for Presque Isle County sheriff has the attention of the county with four candidates, three Republicans and a Democrat, running for a four-year term that starts in January.
Incumbent sheriff Bob Paschke is facing a challenge in the August primary from newcomers Keilan
Nims, a retired Wayne County Sheriff’s department officer now living in Millersburg, and Nathan Hentkowski, a native of Rogers City running a longtime family business.
Paschke, who has 38 years in law enforcement, worked his way up through the ranks before becoming sheriff nine years ago.
Democrat James Gibson is the fourth candidate in this race, but won’t get his shot until November.
The Advance previews the race for sheriff with biographical information. Plus, each candidate was given the same questions to answer to help voters make an informed choice, Aug. 2.
Paschke was born in Detroit and moved to Posen with his family in 1972, graduating from Posen High School in 1975. He attended Central Michigan University and completed the police academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 1979. Married to wife Claudia for 38 years. They together raised three sons, Robert, Mark and Christopher, who is married to Judy, and they have two grandchildren.
Nims was born and raised in Garden City, graduating from Garden City West High School in 1980. He retired from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department after 30 years “in good standing,” he said.
Hentkowski is a Rogers City High School graduate who obtained an associate’s degree from Alpena Community College. He has been involved with the family business his entire life. He started Central Mulch in 2003 and acquired Hentkowski & Sons in 2010.
(Answers to the questions can be found in the July 21, 2016 edition of the Presque Isle County Advance)