After being “handcuffed” with an officer shortage since June, the New Hampton Police Department is about to return to being at full force.
The staff was down one officer starting in June when that officer joined the Charles City Police Department. In late October, NHPD went down two officers with the departure of an officer to the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office.
However, two weeks ago Chief Nosbisch announced the hiring of one new officer, who Mayor Bobby Schwickerath says was sworn in at Monday night’s City Council meeting, when Nosbisch added more good staffing news.
Schwickerath says the two new officers still need to go through training to become certified, but there’s now a sense of relief for the City and the NHPD.
Nosbisch says Austin Hageman accepted his offer to join the NHPD last Friday and his target start date is currently December 12th.