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City will seek new public safety director; sergeant sworn in

In light of the resignation of Jeff Theulen as Nevada’s Public Safety Director, the Nevada City Council discussed plans during their meeting Monday night to fill the position.

Theulen has accepted a position as program director of Criminal Justice, Forensics and Fire Sciences at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

The council public safety committee, consisting of city staff and council members, met last Wednesday to go over the city’s options moving forward. City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen said it was unanimous among committee members that they wanted to fill the position in order to continue the work Theulen has done since his hiring last year. The committee recommended the council approve the filling of the position and advertise the position themselves, rather than hiring a consultant to administer the search for a replacement.

Council voted 4-1 to approve the committee’s recommendation. Councilman Chris Clark was in opposition.

Also on the agenda was the swearing in of Chad Koch as sergeant of the Nevada Police Department. Mayor Andy Kelly administered the oath of office. Koch has served as an officer since joining the department in 2009.

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