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Police Chief Candidates Were Interviewed Saturday

Sheldon, Iowa — It was a busy weekend in Sheldon for the two finalists for the position of Sheldon Police Chief.

The candidates, Scott Burtch of Glenwood Iowa, and Jeremy Russey of the Seattle Washington area, underwent physical and psychological testing Friday, then attended a citizens meet and greet at Truly Scrumptious in downtown Sheldon, an event that was well attended according to City Manager Sam Kooiker.

On Saturday, the two men went through interviews with City officials, and private citizens, according to Kooiker.

He says that, following the interviews, in closed session, the Sheldon City Council narrowed the field of finalists to one.

Kooiker says the interviews went very well, and he talks about how the Chief of Police is hired.

The new Chief will replace former Chief Lyle Bolkema who retired late last year after 30-years on the force. Since Bolkema’s retirement, officer David Dykstra has been serving as Sheldon’s Interim Police Chief.

Photo: Scott Burtsch (L), Jeremy Russey (R) — Photos courtesy of the City of Sheldon.

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