Holly Wieser was announced as the Sheriff’s Posse Member of the Year award at the Jan. 10 annual meeting of the organization that provides volunteer support to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Houston County Sheriff Mark Inglett said posse members volunteered over 300 hours of their time in 2017, including supporting search and rescue operations on the Mississippi River on two separate occasions over the summer. The posse also assisted with area festivals, parades and the Houston County Fair. Sheriff’s Posse members are available to support the department during natural disasters and other emergencies.

Wieser, an Iowa native who now owns and manages the Outback Ranch in Houston with her husband, was selected to receive the honor by her peers because of her dedication and services to Houston County and its citizens, Inglett said. Wieser currently serves as the secretary/treasurer for the posse, as well as serving on group’s the By-laws Committee and the Drone Research and Development Committee. She first joined the posse in 2001, when her husband, Jake, was still on the group’s board of directors.

“I have always had a strong passion for what the posse does for our community,” Wieser said, who estimated she spent around 50 hours volunteering for the organization in 2017. “Winning this award means a lot to me, since my peers are the ones that nominated and voted for me to win it.”

Wieser praised her volunteer colleagues and the sheriff for his support of the organization.

“All of the Posse members work hard and volunteer countless hours to the citizens of Houston County and neighboring counties,” she said. “I would also like to say a special thank you Sheriff Inglett for being a huge supporter of the posse. Without his support, the posse wouldn’t be what it is today.”

Wieser said that for years the posse has helped the Houston County Sheriff’s Office acquire various items such as tasers, breathalyzers, firearms, and recently donated $500 to their K-9 Foundation to help with finding and caring for a new dog for the department. The posse is currently seeking donations for a drone to help with future search and rescue missions. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.