By BILL SHEA
The Fort Dodge Police Department is looking for a few fully-trained officers who could fill vacancies in its ranks during the next few months.
''We're hoping to find one or two good ones to bring into our family,'' Police Chief Tim Carmody said Tuesday.
He told the city's Civil Service Commission that hiring certified officers will enable the department to maintain its staffing level until the next testing process for police officer candidates with no experience can be completed next year.
The most recent list of police officer candidates produced by the Civil Service Commission based on written and physical agility tests expired last month. That means no new police officers can be hired. However, there will be an immediate vacancy on the force because Patrol Officer Jason Kahler is retiring this month after 18 years of service.
Faced with that vacancy and the months-long process of testing, hiring and training candidates with no certification or experience, Carmody asked the commission to institute a procedure for hiring experienced officers.
The commission voted unanimously to conduct a Dec. 17 written exam for people who are already certified as police officers. Those candidates will not have to take a physical agility test.
At full strength, the Police Department has 41 officers.