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New Officer Brings Kimball Police Force To Full Strength

Tuesday morning Kimball had its newest police officer sworn in at the City Council chambers. Katherine Terrill, the city clerk and deputy treasurer, swore in Joel Mauer.

Mauer is finishing up his last month of training and will start at the police academy in April.

For 12 years he served as a police officer in Massachusetts, including five years under cover. Later he became a corrections officer in Wyoming and Nebraska.

Officer Mauer is a familiar face in town, as he worked at the post office this year. Now with Kimball's Police Department, he brings the staff total to eight.

"Our department is now fully staffed," Police Chief Andrew Bremer told The Observer. "We have six full-time and two part-time. We also have six vets – three Army, two Navy and one Marine.That's pretty good for a city of this size."