A woman’s work: Jerome police officer retires after 31 years

By Amy Huddleston – Times-News writer

JEROME — Sgt. Patty Ward is quite the woman.

She killed her first elk when she was eight months pregnant, raised three children in Jerome, fished for steelhead on frozen banks with her husband and was the first female officer at the Jerome Police Department.

The 5-foot, 2-inch blonde has had to prove herself throughout her career in law enforcement — but she’ll tell you with a smile that she’s done it her way.

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