SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -- Sharon Verges is no stranger to the life and times of small town Spring Valley or the law enforcement world as she fulfills the police chief position.

John DuBois, the previous Spring Valley police chief, left the department in early July for a teaching position in Rice Lake.

Verges scooped up the open position and began her duties on Aug. 5.

Having grown up on a nearby dairy farm, Verges still has family and friend connections to the town to which she has returned.

“It’s great to be back, it’s sort of coming full circle,” Verges said.

Verges spent 10 years serving as a police chief in Thorp, Wis., and will now again join more than 20 other women holding a the police chief position in the state.

Outside of police chief work, Verges has dedicated time to working as a lieutenant in Phillips, Wis., and a detective sergeant in Horicon, Wis. Verges also has experience working in Portage, Wis., and for a few drug units.

Being involved in the law enforcement field is a right fit for her. “I think that every day is different. You get to meet a lot of interesting people. I enjoy that,” Verges said.

In her new position in a familiar place, Verges said she values building relationships with community members and serving and protecting the community.

“I hope that people feel comfortable coming and talking to me. I have an open door policy. If people have any concerns or issues that they want addressed, please feel free to let me know those too,” Verges said. “My goal is to serve them, and sometimes if I don’t know what they need, I won’t be able to serve them to the best of my ability.”