Meyer joins Huntingburg police force



HUNTINGBURG — The city’s newest police officer, Cole Meyer, was sworn in Tuesday morning.

Meyer, 24, proudly took the officer’s oath and signed necessary paperwork during his swearing-in ceremony at the Huntingburg Board of Public Works meeting. His girlfriend, Jordan Abshire, pinned his badge on him while his parents, Brad and Kim Meyer, watched.

“I enjoy helping people,” he gave as his reason for wanting to join the force. “I’m also a firefigter. That is where I started interacting with people.”

Meyer has been a member of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department for four years. He plans to continue being a firefighter, he said. He became a reserve officer with the police department in September.

Meyer will go through field training and training with another officer, as well as attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He will be on the road on his own as an officer in mid- or late September, Huntingburg Police Chief Art Parks explained.

Meyer is excited about his new duty.

“I love working in my community and serving others,” he said. “I am so ready to get started.”

Meyer replaces Steffen Zink, who resigned late last year.

The public works board approved hiring Mick Kamman as a reserve officer. Parks said that Kamman was with the Jasper Police Department for 20 years and now works in the security department at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

The public works board also:

• Recommended to the Huntingburg Common Council that Market Street, which runs east of Old Town Hall and through Market Street Park, be vacated. If approved, the Huntingburg Park Board will have jurisdiction and maintain the road, Street Superintendent Jason Stamm said. That way, the road can be easily closed if there is an event that is using the entire park, Mayor Denny Spinner added. The council will have to conduct a public hearing about the vacation before it considers the request, City Attorney Phil Schneider said.

• Told Huntingburg Fire Chief Scott Patberg to advertise the fire department’s 1980 fire truck for sale. The board declared the truck as surplus in January. Patberg checked with other government entities to see if anyone was interested in buying it, but didn’t get any takers, he said. At the end of this year, the department will get a new truck that will replace the 1980 model.

• Approved the annual fire protection agreement contract with Patoka Township. The township will pay the city $26,000 for services. The common council has also approved the contract.

• Approved a request from A Kid’s Place to use Huntingburg City Park and parts of Van Buren, Fifth, Jackson and First streets for the its Neon 5K Family Run on Saturday, April 6. The organization will start setting up in the park at 7 a.m.; the run will start at 9 a.m.

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