BREAKING: Pilot dies in Southern Humboldt plane crash :     - Click for more Info

Lt. Steve Knight retires from Sheriff’s Office

Get flash to see this video, or turn javascript back on

EUREKA - “It's a hole that's not going to be filled anytime soon,” Undersheriff Bill Honsal said.

Lieutenant Steve Knight is officially retiring after 30 years of service to the Humboldt County community, leaving behind a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten.

“I've tried very hard to inform the public as much as I can, be as accurate as I can with the information. I know the sheriff has encouraged that,” Lt. Knight said.

Knight has served our community most recently as the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Department. But that position just scratches the surface of his accomplishments.

“Back when the county took over the animal control shelter issue, a new shelter had to be built and Steve Knight spearheaded that and did an excellent job with setting that up and making sure we had the best facility we could afford,” Sheriff Mike Downey said.

In addition, he’s managed our courts and civil divisions as well as dispatch, all while adapting to new technology and learning 21 century communication.

“One of the best things this year is we put him through social media training. Facebook, twitter, etc. And Steve took twitter and made it his own. Started issuing the press releases out there and giving short snippets and it's vital. People want information and they want it now. And Steve has embraced that,” Honsal said.

And that’s been his philosophy across the board. He established trust with his availability, reliability, and transparency. And he’s established connections: something that will long outlive his time at the Sheriff’s Office.

“He's very very connected with the community. He's a guy that, over the course of his career, has built up community trust. That's part of our job as public servants to build that trust,” Honsal added.

The Sheriff’s Office will miss him, and so will the rest of us. He leaves some pretty big shoes to fill.

“I would like to thank the public for the time I’ve had and the support I’ve had for myself and my family for the last thirty years. It's been fantastic and I wish everybody the best, especially the men and women of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office,” Lt. Knight said.