Mar-Mac Police searching for new officer

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Mar-Mac Unified Police District is searching for a full-time officer to fill the position vacated last month by Brad McNett.

Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich, at the public safety commission’s April 4 meeting, said he currently had two internal applicants for the position. After reviewing those, he said he would consider opening it up to outside applicants. Other area police departments, Bogdonovich noted, are also searching for officers, so he thought it might be a good idea to check their candidate pools, especially if there are certified officers.

“We want to try to find someone certified,” he said, as it would save the department from having to send someone to the academy, at an estimated cost of $10,000 to $15,000. 

A long academy course would run 14 weeks. A short academy, for officers who have a two-year degree, would be nine weeks, he added.

“You’re not just hiring someone off the street,” Bogdonovich said. “There’s a lot to it.”

Bogdonovich said he should have more to report at the commission’s May 2 meeting. 

In other discussion at the meeting, the commission approved a motion to hold meetings every month, rather than bi-monthly.

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