Police officer sworn in, but opening remains



HUNTINGBURG — The city’s newest police officer is ready to get started.

Cody Shinn was sworn in during Thursday morning‘s Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

“I am ready to help people who live in this community,” he said after the ceremony.

The 32-year-old Jasper man was pinned by his girlfriend, Suzzette Flamion, while her 9-year-old son, Malakyi Porter, watched. After the meeting, Malakyi got his own badge sticker from Assistant Police Chief Brad Kramer.

Shinn has previous law enforcement experience. He was a deputy with the Martin County Sheriff’s Department for three years before leaving to take a position at MasterBrand. He said he is happy to return to law enforcement.

Since Shinn already has his Indiana Law Academy certification and has been approved by the state for the Public Employees Retirement Fund, he only has to complete Huntingburg officer training.

A second recruit was not approved by the state for the retirement fund. So Police Chief Art Parks will seek new applicants to fill the position.

“This will be the third process this year,” he said after the meeting. “This is three processes in eight months. I hate to have to do it again, but you can’t not do it. We have a position to fill.”

The police department will also designate a current officer as corporal and one as narcotics detective. Those titles were approved by the public works board Thursday.

The corporal will handle the police department’s evidence room, and will transport the prescription drugs collected locally to Indianapolis, Parks explained. The narcotics detective, which will be current narcotics officer Rusty Drew, will help with investigations, including assisting the current detectives. The county prosecutor’s office already names Drew as narcotics detective in its paperwork, Parks said.

No new positions are being added, Mayor Denny Spinner said. Current officers will be getting new titles.

The board also:

• Recommended that the Huntingburg Common Council approve an ordinance that would make it unlawful to make long-term repairs on vehicles on city streets.

• Established by resolution the rules for using the tree limb and yard waste disposal site on First Street. The site is for limbs and yard waste only; trash is prohibited. Only Huntingburg residents are allowed to use the site. Business service companies, like landscaping or tree-trimming companies, are not allowed to leave items. The materials are to be placed in designated areas marked with signs. The site hours of operation, which at this time will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, will be posted and could be changed as needed.

• Heard that engineering firm Clark Dietz will start preliminary work on First Street west of Sycamore Street. That portion of the street has erosion and storm sewer issues, and the road may need to be widened in places, Street Superintendent Jason Stamm said. The project will be costly, and the city will likely seek federal funding to cover most of the cost, he said.

• Declared 90 orange city shirts as surplus. The shirts used to be worn by city workers as safety shirts. But there are new safety shirts the workers now use, Safety Director Travis Gentry explained. The orange shirts will be donated to Huntingburg Elementary School, to be worn by students while they do artwork, he said.

• Thanked Wastewater Superintendent Mike Kemp for his 27 years of service. Kemp will retire at the end of August.

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