Remember those recruiting videos the city unveiled earlier this year in hopes of luring police and fire applicants? Turns out the city got some impressive results.
The newest round of openings for the police department attracted 108 applicants, including ones from Oklahoma and Texas, according to Jennifer Whitaker, director for human resources for the city.
On top of that, the number of inquiries exceeded 200. Overall, they saw twice as many applicants compared to recent years.
“We are really stoked,” said Brian Sherwin, deputy chief with the police department. “We’re going to have some good recruits out of this.”
Police recruiting videos are pretty trendy. A search on youtube turned up dozens.
Kosciusko County Sheriff Kyle Dukes also seems to have an appreciation for alternative marketing for specialized positions. The first-term sheriff posted a video on the sheriff’s office Facebook page this week announcing an opening in the department.
Editor’s note: this item was adjusted to correct which department is receiving applications.
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TEACHER APPRECIATION — Officials with Warsaw Community Schools Corporation declined to provide any details, but three employees confirmed to InkFreeNews that numerous teachers at one school found monetary gifts inside envelopes on their desks last week. The gifts appear to have come from within the school since they were left on desks. The source was anonymous, much like the Secret Santas that sometimes unexpectedly leave gifts for people on Christmas.
Given the state of teacher pay, maybe this will become an annual event.
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MACER NOT RUNNING — State Rep. Karlee Macer, of Speedway, says she is not running for governor. She released a statement saying she looks forward to supporting those “stepping up to make change in our cities, correcting the harmful path the Republican Supermajority have led us down and taking on some of our most crucial Federal policies in our lifetime.”
Macer’s decision not to run means there is only one declared Democrat (Dr. Woody Myers) in the race. State Senator Eddie Melton is still exploring a run.
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WHEEL TAX POLL — So was the hike in the wheel tax hike for horse-drawn buggies from $30 to $100 too much, too low or just right? According to InkFeeNews’ poll this week, those who think the increase was “just right” barely edged out those who thought it was too high.
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LUNCH ON THE PLAZA — The lunchtime on the plaza promotion featuring food venders on the Kosciusko County Courthouse square will continue through the end of August. One Ten Craft Meatery and Mad Anthony’s have had food stands on the plaza in recent weeks. The seasonal program will conclude on Aug. 30, according to an announcement on Warsaw Community Development Corp.
Dan Spalding is the editor of InkFreeNews.com.
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