After many years with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Julie Dijkstra, 56, made a strong, but unsuccessful run for sheriff in 2010. Last year she returned to her home town to become chief of police.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Nappanee.
What schools did you attend?
I graduated from NorthWood High School and Ball State University
What is your fondest memory of growing up in Nappanee?
My favorite memories are walking up town to the Rexall Drug Store where my dad was a pharmacist and sitting at the counter drinking Cokes with my friends and riding our bikes to the community pool in the summer.
Describe the essence of Nappanee
in your eyes
Nappanee is a community where people truly do care about each other. I’ve always known Nappanee was a great place to live and in the past year I have learned it is also a great place to work.
What about Nappanee would you like to see changed or improved?
We need to continue to work with kids and find positive ways for them to stay active and productive.
What is Nappanee’s best kept secret?
There is so much to do in Nappanee. There are great places to shop and eat. You can see plays and movies and the library always has a full schedule of activities.