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Massac Co. Sheriff's Dept. hires first female deputy

Deputy Danko is the first ever woman to serve the Massac County Sheriff's Department. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Deputy Danko is the first ever woman to serve the Massac County Sheriff's Department. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
MASSAC COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The first female deputy was sworn in to the Massac County Sheriff's Department.

Christine Danko, 22, became an official deputy on April 7.

Danko moved to southern Illinois from Texas where she worked as a jailer for the Collin County Sheriff's Office.

The North Carolina native applied for a position as a jailer, but Sheriff Ted Holder said he saw the makings of a deputy.

“We've had a few applicants, but none that really stood out like she did," Holder said.

“I can do just as much as any male officer can," Danko said. "So, I'm hoping that more females do get involved in criminal justice and get into more law enforcement careers.”

Sheriff Holder said there has been little to no applicants from women to become deputies in Massac County.

“I thought that this time, with the candidates that I had, that she was going to be the perfect fit for the department," Holder said.

Danko said she enjoys engaging with her new community.

“We're really, really involved and hands with the community and I really just love it," Danko said.

While its just her first few weeks on the job, Deputy Danko said she's excited for what's ahead.

“But I love it so far and it's been a really good experience," Danko said.

The most recent U.S. census shows that women make up only about 10 percent of local and state police officers.

Danko, recently engaged, said she moved to Massac County because her future husband has roots here.

Deputies with the department say there has been little to no interest by women to join the force until Danko.

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