Clarinda police welcomes new officer

Jay Heiny, left, received the oath of office from Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers. Heiny is scheduled to attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for 16 weeks starting Sept. 3. He will then resume his field training with the Clarinda Police Department. Brothers estimated Heiny would start his patrols in February 2020. (Herald-Journal photo by Kent Dinnebier)

The newest member of the Clarinda Police Department was sworn into office Wednesday, July 10, during a meeting of the Clarinda City Council.

Jay Heiny, 21, originally of Walnut and now living in Clarinda, received the oath of office from Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers. Several of Heiny’s family members and friends, as well as fellow members of the Clarinda Police Department, were on hand for the event.

“What’s about to take place here is a significant event in the life of a police officers. When you take the oath of office for an agency, it’s a special moment. It’s one you’ll never forget,” Brothers said before delivering the oath of office.

Heiny attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. He then graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.

“It’s great to have an infusion of youth into our department and into this community,” Brothers said.

Heiny was selected to fill a vacancy on the department after undergoing a very demanding screening process. The process included completing an in-depth application that summarizes his life history, passing a written test and passing a challenging physical fitness assessment.

Finally, Heiny had to appear before a seven-member panel for an oral interview. The panel consisted of Clarinda Mayor Lisa Hull, Clarinda Economic Development Director Renee Riedel, Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon, Page County Attorney Carl Sonksen, Clarinda Police Department and Page County Sheriff Department Chaplain Richard Iske and Brothers.

“I think it’s fair to say it’s not an easy oral interview. They are asked a lot of difficult questions and he did very well in that area,” Brothers said.

Heiny was one of three finalists for the position. He was selected after posting the highest composite score through the various phases of the selection process.

Brother said Heiny has completed his orientation with the department and has started his field training. Heiny will receive field training from various members of the Clarinda Police Department.

“I think that’s important because everybody approaches law enforcement a little differently and has his or her own style. He’ll see numerous styles and eventually he’ll develop his own style,” Brothers said.

Heiny is scheduled to attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for 16 weeks starting Sept. 3. He will then resume his field training with the Clarinda Police Department. Brothers estimated Heiny would start his patrols in February 2020.

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