Sheldon, Iowa — During Wednesday’s city council meeting, Sheldon’s Mayor, Greg Geels, announced the name of the individual the City has tapped to be the next Chief of Police.
During the meeting, Mayor Geels said, “I’d like to state my intent to appoint Scott Burtch of Glenwood, Iowa to be Sheldon’s next Chief of Police. He brings a wealth of experience in municipal and county law enforcement. We are in negotiations with him, and we intend to have his name on the March 4th City Council meeting for official appointment and confirmation. His start date is estimated to be April 6th, with oath of office on April 8th. The terms of his employment are being finalized, and are within the parameters of the posted position profile. It is our intent for the employment agreement to be part of the City Council packet for March 4th, and will become public at that time.”
Geels went on to say, “This has been a team effort. I want to take a moment to thank Consultant Jeff Cayler for his assistance in this effort, and for the 41 people from all walks of life who met with him on November 26th as he was developing the position profile.”
Geels continued, “While City ordinance states this position is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, it has been a team effort.”
The mayor stated that the open house at Truly Scrumptious was well attended last Thursday.
He went on to thank the 14 other panelists for their hard work last Saturday, and the 2 finalists for their participation.
Burtch is currently a deputy with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served since 2017. Prior to that time, Burtch served a brief stint as a Law Enforcement Sergeant with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at their Omaha Branch. Prior to that job he served as a police officer for the Glenwood Police Department and the Missouri Valley Police Department.
Burtch also received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement, and his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
In other action, the council approved the hiring of Tim Loeschen as a full-time police officer to replace Officer Jett Korver, who has accepted a position as an O’Brien County Deputy Sheriff. Loeschen was sworn in as a full-time officer at Wednesday’s meeting. He had previously been a Reserve Officer with the Sheldon P.D.
Also during that meeting, outgoing Officer Jett Korver was honored for his service, and received a plaque in appreciation of his four years with the department.
Some images from Wednesday’s Sheldon City Council Meeting…………….
Mayor Greg Geels Presents Appreciation Plaque To Officer Jett Korver
Korver Poses With His Plaque
Mayor Greg Geels Administers Oath of Office To Officer Tim Loeschen, as Interim Police Chief David Dykstra Looks On
Sheldon’s Newest Full-Time Police Officer, Tim Loeschen, Signs His Oath of Office as Mayor Greg Geels Looks On.
All images are KIWA Staff Photos