With newest officer, police department at full force



HUNTINGBURG — With the hiring of Officer Ted Klem, the Huntingburg Police Department is back at full force.

Since Klem’s start on Thursday, the department once again has 14 officers.

“It’s good to be back at full force,” Police Chief Art Parks said. “We are very committed to taking care of our citizens and our city. Our officers do that, and we will continue to serve our community well.”

Parks now plans to work on getting more reserve officers.

“It’s hard to get people to do that,” he said, “because it’s not a paid position. There is some pay when the reserve officer is hired by the school for an event.”

Parks hopes to have some candidates for the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety to consider hiring at its July meeting, he said. But his first focus was the regular police staff.

Klem was pinned by his fiancé, Amanda Durcholz, who was recently hired as a deputy with the Spencer County Sheriffs Department.

In December, two officers were hired to the force: Teresa Bowling and Steffen Zink.

In January, Brad Kramer was promoted to assistant chief and Tyler Stivers to detective sergeant. Officer Rusty Drew was promoted to the new narcotics officer position, a position that was added to the police department this year. Bowling and Zink fill two of the three open patrolman positions, and Klem fills the last open position.

Klem, 29, had been an officer with the Santa Claus Police Department for the last five years. Prior to that, he worked at the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy and reserve deputy as well as the Gentryville Police Department as a reserve officer.

Klem, who lives in Dale, serves as firefighter on the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department with his father. Klem has been a firefighter for 10 years; his father, Butch Klem, has been with the department for 25 years.

Seeing his father serve as a firefighter encouraged Klem early in life. “Serving the public was something I always wanted to do,” he said.

Klem’s fiance, Amanda Durcholz, pinned him during his swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Thursday. Durcholz was recently hired as a deputy at the Spencer County Sheriff’s department. Klem’s mother, Doris Klem, and brother, Chris Klem also attended Thursday’s ceremony.

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