Knoxville — Officer Eric How was sworn in as Knoxville's newest police officer at last night's City Council meeting.
How, 28, is originally from Plattsmouth, Neb. He has experience in police work with the Bellevue, Neb., department.
The new officer's hire was made possible by the federal grant the City of Knoxville received months ago. Terms of the grant include financial assistance from the federal government for the first three years How works for the department. Knoxville must pay his salary in full for the fourth year.
The grant also required the City hire a veteran. According to information provided to the council, How served in the US Army in Iraq before being discharged in 2007. He remains with the Iowa National Guard, where he holds the rank of Second Lieutenant.
The Guard, and his fiancee, Mariah Taylor of Indianola, are what brought him to Iowa. How was taken around Knoxville by Officer Kenny Hucks, and How's first impression of the town is that it is full of friendly people.
How's educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashford University in Clinton. He is currently working on, and will soon finish, his Master's Degree in Law. How is taking online courses from California Southern University to earn the Master's. He intends to remain a policeman after earning the Master's.
The City intends to reinstate the School Resource Officer program, thanks to the extra grant funding. An officer already employed with the department is expected to assume this role. The council approved an agreement with the Knoxville School District last night to help cover payroll expenses.