New officers begin police work Monday
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Imperial Police Department is back to four officers as of Monday. That’s when Kelly Pearson and Chad Ostmeyer began working.
The two were hired after eight applicants were interviewed by a four-person panel. A total of 18 applications were received for the two positions.
Pearson, 21, is a native of Goodland, Kan. He attended college at Ft. Hayes State and worked as a prison guard in Norton, Kan.
Ostmeyer, 27, is a native of Osceola. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and has most recently worked in his father’s lawn care service and for Walmart.
Pearson said he applied for the position because he wanted further law enforcement education.
Ostmeyer said law enforcement has been an interest of his since high school, and he has several friends in law enforcement.
Police Chief Ryan Wisnieski said the two will attend the Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island for 16 weeks, from April 7 to July 25, to receive their certification.
At present, they will be riding along with Wisnieski or Sgt. Kyle Hansen. They have the authority to write all but speeding or DUI tickets.
While they’re in Grand Island the force will be at two officers again. Wisnieski said that won’t be a problem.
“There will be coverage 24 hours,” he said.
The two police openings occurred after the resignations of former Police Chief Rob Browning in October and Officer Spencer Rowley, whose last day was Jan. 19.
The salary for each officer was set by the council at $32,500.