OSCEOLA COUNTY — Born and raised in Evart, Mark Moore always knew he wanted to make a career out of serving the people of his hometown.

After more than two decades working in local law enforcement, Moore has been promoted to the rank of undersheriff with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

"I grew up in this community, so I know a lot of the people. Being able to help people I already know and some new people I don't know already is always very rewarding," Moore said.

Osceola County Sheriff Ed Williams said while the decision to promote Moore from his previous position as sergeant was made about a week ago, Moore officially stepped into the role of undersheriff on Nov. 18.

Williams said he thought Moore would be a great candidate for the job based on one-on-one interviews he conducted with members of the sheriff's office after he came on board with the agency in September.

"I asked everybody who they respect as a leader and who they thought would do a good job representing the department and the public and someone who would be fair and have integrity and morals beyond reproach," he said. "The majority of people mentioned Mark."

In addition to working as sergeant with the sheriff's office since 2004, Moore graduated from Ferris State University with a bachelor's in criminal justice, served the community with the Evart Police Department for three years after graduating and became a K9 handler in 1999.

Williams said he was pleased when Moore accepted the promotion and he is looking forward to working with him as the new Osceola County undersheriff.

"I'm excited about the direction of the department," Williams said.

Moore added although the duties of undersheriff are new to him, he is ready to jump into the job and learn more about different aspects of the department.

"It'll be nice to really help the sheriff's office grow," he said.