EDMORE — There’s a new police officer in town.
The Edmore Village Council approved hiring Sarah Chamberlain at Monday night’s council meeting, effective Tuesday. She worked her first full shift Friday night.
Chamberlain joins Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer and Officer Brian Hunt, who also works for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department.
“We felt that she would be a good addition to the village and we recommend hiring her,” said Councilman Chuck Burr, who is a member of the village’s Personnel Committee, which interviewed Chamberlain.
Chamberlain graduated from Ferris State University in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice-law enforcement. In addition to her new job, she is also employed as a police officer for the Potterville Police Department as well as an in-house suspension supervisor for St. Louis High School, where she works with troubled youth.
Sawyer said the village received more than 100 resumes for the police officer job.
“From the beginning to the end of her interview, Sarah just shined,” Sawyer said. “She was confident in her answers to any questions asked of her and you could tell she had a passion for community-oriented policing, which is what we want our department to be all about.”
Although Chamberlain is new to the job, Sawyer has already given her “a huge project” to develop for next summer.
“That is the confidence I have in her,” Sawyer said. “She’s going to be a huge asset to the village with her personality, her perseverance and her work ethic. I look forward to Officer Chamberlain being an incredible asset to the residents of the village of Edmore.”
Chamberlain fills the position left open by Joe Patino, who has worked in Edmore on and off for the past decade and recently retired. Patino was also a longtime law enforcement officer with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and continues to work as the police chief for the city of Stanton.
“With around four decades of law enforcement experience, Joe has been a huge asset to me with his knowledge in law enforcement,” Sawyer said. “Even thought he no longer works for the village, I know that I can still call him anytime for advice.”