NEW OFFICER: City to hire additional policeman

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department will be hiring a new officer this year — marking a milestone for the force. CCPD Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said this will be the first new officer the department has hired in 10 years. The new hire will be the 18th full-time officer for the force.The process is currently underway, and the department has already had applicants perform the written exam and the physical agility test. Interviews are scheduled for Jan. 12 with the hope that the new officer will begin in February. The chief added that the list of applicants is strong.“We are excited about getting a new officer,” he said. “We have some really good candidates to choose from. We are excited about doing the interviews and seeing where that leads us.”This interviewing time will give the department an opportunity to hire new reserve officers. Currently there are reserve officers, but Longenbaugh said he hopes to add two more to bring the number up to six.Whoever the new hire is, that individual will be joining a stable force, as Longenbaugh reflected that it has been 10 years since the last new officer hire.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 7 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.