A long time face with the South Dakota Highway Patrol is getting ready for the next chapter of his life.
Captain Kevin Joffer is bringing a nearly 30 year career with the highway patrol to an end. On Tuesday, we spent some time with him and found for Joffer...his job is very personal.
It's a funny thing about life. The only constant is change....and no one can stop time, no matter how much they might want to. "When I made this decision a while back it seemed like a long ways off and time has quickly come upon us and here I am."
Captain Kevin Joffer is the district commander for the Sioux Falls office of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. He is most often the face you see in the summer and around the holidays, telling all of us to be safe on the road. "I feel I did the best I could while I was here and tried to do what was best for the people of South Dakota."
Keeping the roads safe is his job. But it is also a very personal part of who he is. In 2009, Joffer shared with us a private story that he didn't talk about very much. A 1991 drunk driving accident, which claimed the life of his younger brother. "One thing at holiday season, it's a reminder that it's one less person sitting at the table who was once part of the family is no longer there. It's that ongoing thing that you never forget."
Kevin Joffer always wanted to work in law enforcement. It was his dream job. And now, he is getting ready to walk away from that dream and head towards whatever comes next. "No regrets. But sad that you're leaving something you've loved to do for many years. I've enjoyed thoroughly serving the public."
Kevin Joffer says he is still a young man and while he is retiring from a job he is not retiring from working...he's just not sure what direction he is going to go yet.