A slew of new hires at the West Linn Police Department continued last week, as Officer Glenn Howard was sworn in May 4.
Howard was the department's fourth new addition in the last two months, joining Officers Cody Tadlock and Matthew Grover and Reserve Officer Stephanie Barnhart-Herro. Howard, an Oregon native, spent eight years as a deputy at the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was an officer at the Newberg-Dundee Police Department for a short time before his most recent venture into the private sector.
"He left law enforcement to work in the private sector for several years before deciding that law enforcement was his true calling," West Linn Police Sergeant David Kempas said. "With Officer Howard's hiring, we are now considered fully staffed, but won't realize the benefit of that until all of our recent hires have completed their training and are assigned to solo duty."
Tadlock is currently undergoing field training, according to Kempas, while Howard and Grover must complete a two-week "career officer refresher" course in addition to field training.
"It is anticipated that all of these officers will have completed their training during this summer," Kempas said.
Kempas added that the department plans to "overhire" one more officer in anticipation of upcoming retirements.