Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick caught the Power of Pink recently, and there was no hiding it.
The sheriff, who celebrates his one-year anniversary in office this month, showed up to work on a recent Friday in an eye-popping satin powder pink, pin-striped, tuxedo.
Levorchick “got pinked” in honor of Power of Pink Day, which is designed to raise cancer awareness and promote early detection.
The rest of the sheriff’s administrative staff also got in the spirit. Capt. Brad York donned a hot pink T-shirt that read, “Don’t Laugh, It’s Your Girlfriend’s T-shirt.” Deputy Chief Jeff Hickman wore pink socks and a pink tie while administrative clerk Rhonda St. Clair and financial clerk Callie Kihlken dressed in pink sweaters.
“We’re doing it for the cause,” Levorchick said as he strolled down the hall toward the conference room for a photo.
For those who wonder where Levorchick found the pink satin suit, he’s happy to share. He picked it up in Lorain while he was shopping for new uniforms.
Levorchick said he had agreed to take part in the Riverview Healthcare facility’s recent Pink Fashion Show. “They only had a pink polo that I could wear,” he said, adding that he wanted to make a bigger splash than that. He told himself if he ever came upon an outfit he could wear next time, he would buy in preparation for next year’s event.
The sheriff recently traveled to a Lorain store that sold both uniforms and men’s suit to look for new uniforms. The store owner had decided to transition to selling uniform-related attire only, so over the past few months he had been depleting the store’s stock of men’s suits.
“I happened to look over to the clearance rack and I saw it,” Levorchick laughed. “I told him, if that suit fits me, I’m buying it. The owner looked at me and said, ‘You won’t believe this Steve but it’s your size, a 46.’”
So, Levorchick grabbed the suit and gladly paid the $100 sale price. The only thing necessary was an adjustment to the pants’ hem.
Now, if he could only find a pair of white patent leather shoes to go with it. “I looked all over for a pair,” he said. Until he finds the shoes, he figures his white Nike tennis shoes will have to do.