Stottlemyre recently completed her PhD in Public Safety and is the only current sheriff’s office employee with a doctorate. Her seven-year journey began with encouragement from her former college professor and mentor Dr. Bill Lewinski. Stottlemyre took online courses while working full time and raising two young boys with her husband, Eric.
“Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to meet some kind, intelligent, and passionate individuals who have inspired me to never stop growing and learning how to be a better person,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to be that kind of person for someone else whether it is in law enforcement, academia, or my personal life.”
Stottlemyre celebrated her 13th year with Sherburne County this month. As a Transport/Court Security Deputy and Field Training Officer, she works primarily in the courtroom/government center as well as training new deputies. She also oversees the volunteer bailiff program.
“Nicole’s leadership, experience and professionalism are a huge asset to the department,” said Sheriff Joel Brott. “We’re all proud of her dedication and motivation to achieve such a high academic honor.”
Stottlemyre credits her husband for being a “super Dad, super husband” while she worked towards her doctorate. She expects her dissertation on restorative justice will be published in early fall. She said one of her long-term goals is to teach college-level criminal justice classes.