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Top Cop Finalists Announced

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon City Manager Sam Kooiker has announced the names of the two finalists selected from the original pool of eight applicants to be interviewed for Sheldon Police Chief.

Kooiker tells KIWA that both men are extremely well qualified to replace former Chief Lyle Bolkema, who retired late last year.

Both men will be in town this weekend, with testing of the Chief finalists, as well as applicants for police officer positions within the Sheldon department.

Kooiker says there is also a meet and greet taking place Friday afternoon to allow the citizens of Sheldon to meet Burtsch and Russey.

He says on Saturday, both men will be interviewed by several panels of individuals.

We asked Kooiker about the timetable for getting a new Chief hired and on the job.

In addition to hiring a new police chief, the Sheldon Police Department will have another officer vacancy come March 1st, when Officer Jett Korver leaves to become an O’Brien County Sheriff’s Deputy. We asked Kooiker how soon the vacancy left by Korver’s departure might be filled.

Kooiker says the list of candidates who have applied for the opening will be kept on file, since he says he expects at least one more Sheldon officer to retire this year.

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

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