North Judson Town Officials and residents welcomed a new full-time officer to the police force during Monday night’s town council meeting.
At their first meeting of the month, town council members approved hiring Officer Jamie Conklin to the force full-time. Town Marshal Kelly Fisher shared a little bit about Officer Conklin.
She told members and meeting attendees, “He’s been through the academy, he’s worked part-time for me for a year and he’s an excellent employee, I’m glad to have him full-time. Prior to working with law enforcement, he had 8 years of active duty with the Navy so we’re definitely happy to have him aboard.”
Conklin introduced his family to the community members and thanked the council for bringing him onto the full-time force.
In addition to welcoming Officer Conklin, members were asked to consider adding two reserve officers to the force. Marshal Fisher noted that they would be utilized for covering events and school functions. She said since they’re reserve officers, they work on a volunteer basis and would be responsible for paying for any equipment that they don’t already have.
She also mentioned that she has be coordinating with the town’s insurance provider about adding them on as town employees since there have been some legislation changes at the state level.
At the recommendation of Marshal Fisher, members approved hiring Byron Gentry and Kerry Rust as reserve officers for the NJ PD.