An already shorthanded New Hampton Police Department is losing another officer.
NHPD has been operating down one officer since June, when Officer Seth Uetz resigned to join the Charles City Police Department. Another officer was out for six weeks on Family Medical Leave from late June until early August.
On Wednesday, Officer Braxton Rash submitted his resignation to Chief Zach Nosbisch, effective October 27th. During Monday’s Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors meeting, Sheriff Marty Heman informed the Board that Rash would be their newest deputy starting October 31st. Hemann says Rash previously worked for the sheriff’s office as a dispatcher.
The police department has been advertising for applicants since June with little success. One candidate could not make the testing schedule while a second candidate declined the position for salary reasons. NHPD continues to take applications until the positions are filled.
In the meantime, the City continues to explore upping the pay for its police officers. Mayor Bobby Schwickerath has previously noted that New Hampton police officers, on average, are being paid $2 to $3 less per hour than neighboring departments.