Mar-Mac PD searching for new officer

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Dylan Rumph

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

On July 7, the Mar-Mac Public Safety Commission accepted the resignation of officer Dylan Rumph, who took a position with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office after nine years with Mar-Mac.

“Thanks for giving me my start,” Rumph told the commission. “I enjoyed my time here.”

Rumph graduated from MFL MarMac in 2005 and attended Northeast Iowa Community College, studying criminal justice. He began his law enforcement career in 2006, as a reserve officer for the Monona Police Department, before joining Mar-Mac. He holds several instructor certifications and is a nationally-registered emergency medical technician, serving with the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad.

Rumph is a fifth-generation police officer. His grandfather, Ted Rumph, was the Allamakee County Sheriff and his uncle, Ron Rumph, was Clayton County Sheriff.

“You’re a very professional young man,” said commissioner Norma Mason, noting that the commission accepted his resignation with regret. “I’m sure you’ll go far.”

With Rumph’s departure, the department looks to fill the position, with the new officer to join chief Jason Bogdonovich and officer Rodger Sear.

Bogdonovich said he received four applications so far and planned to post the ad for another week. None of the department’s reserves were interested in the position, namely because of the lower pay offered than other area departments, he noted.

As a result, Bogdonovich asked the commission to approve offering the incoming officer $1 to $1.50 more than the current $12 per hour, making the position more attractive.

“This would be the time to do it,” he said, mentioning that Rumph’s departure frees up some funds that would have gone to his salary. “We always give money back to the cities.”

The commissioners—Mason, Harold Brooks, Galen McShane, Janet Hallberg and Robyn Denning—agreed it would be nice to offer the incoming officer more, becoming more comparable with other departments, but some worried declining revenues to both cities next year would make it difficult.

The commissioners said some people in the communities also question the necessity of a third officer.

“If people want an officer there right away and want the coverage they’re used to, we need that third officer,” Bogdonovich said. “We’ve never missed a call and there’s never been a time when an officer’s not available. I think we have a good department and we take pride in making sure the cities are covered well. We’re lucky to have three officers.”

Bogdonovich said a third officer is also important because reserve officers are often hard to come by.

The commission agreed to up the salary to $12.50 per hour if the new officer is not certified and $13 if he or she is certified.

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