Steele County Sergeant of Investigations Gary Okins has been recognized as the Exchange Club of Steele County's " Peace Officer of the Year." The Exchange Club of Steele County sponsors the award as a community service project in conjunction with the Exchange Club's Programs of Service, which includes Americanism, Youth, Community and the national project, The Prevention of Child Abuse.

Pictured are Chief Deputy Scott Hanson (from left), Sheriff Lon Thiele, Sergeant of Investigations Gary Okins, Exchange Club Lakes and Prairies District President Katie Smith, and Exchange Club of Steele County President Lowell Miller.