A Renville County deputy sheriff has received the Minnesota Sheriffs Association’s “Deputy Sheriff of the Year” award. Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable announced that Deputy Jeff Nelson received the prestigious award for 2016. Nelson, who has been a Renville County deputy sheriff since 2012, received the commendation during an awards banquet at Arrowwood Conference Center in Alexandria.
The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association’s “Deputy Sheriff of the Year” award is presented to the Minnesota deputy sheriff who has been nominated by his or her sheriff for actions and/or performance over a sustained period of time that is significantly above the average expected performance and contributes to the betterment of the sheriff’s department and community.
Nelson, who resides in Olivia, was nominated based on his exceptional work and high achievements in multiple areas, including community-oriented policing efforts, traffic law enforcement and criminal investigative work.
 Nelson also has interest and exceptional skills in specialized areas, such as cell phone forensics and other technologies, and he is a certified drug recognition evaluator (to identify drivers impaired by drugs).
“Jeff is not only a great deputy, but he’s also a genuinely good person,” said Hable. “He absolutely deserves this award, and I couldn’t be more proud to have him on our team.”