Jasper close to hiring new officers

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department likely will hire new patrol officers this month.

The Jasper Board of Public Works will interview five candidates on Friday of next week.

Police Chief Mike Bennett said that on the following Tuesday, Aug. 13, he plans to recommend to the board which two candidates to hire. The board must approve the recommendation before the jobs are offered to those candidates.

The two police positions have been vacant since March. Although the department has been making do with 13 patrol officers instead of the full contingent of 15, Bennett said that he and the rest of the department are looking forward to being back at full staff.

“We need them,” he said of the new officers he anticipates hiring.

The department received more than 100 applications for the positions. Each candidate went through written and agility tests and background checks. The group was narrowed to 30 and then to 10 candidates.

Bennett, Assistant Chief Nathan Schmitt, two squad sergeants and a police officer interviewed the 10 two weeks ago and the group was narrowed to the five finalists.

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.

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