With the coming retirement of 20-year department veteran Tim Montgomery, the Manchester City Council has approved the hiring of a new officer who is just starting a career in law enforcement.
After interviewing five candidates for the position, Police Chief James Hauschild recommended hiring Jordan Hoeppner, a man Hauschild had nothing but praise for.
“From everything I can see, he is an overachiever — we’re going to get everything we ask for and more,” Hauschild said.
Although he is currently employed as a physical therapy assistant, Hoeppner has a criminal justice degree from Hawkeye Community College and four years of service in the United States Marine Corp.
“Probably one of the cleanest background investigations I’ve ever done,” Hauschild said. “His guidance counselor, his principal — no one had anything bad to say about this guy.”
Because Hoeppner has no prior experience as a police officer, he will be required to attend the academy this fall to obtain his certification.
Hoeppner’s effective hire date is May 3 and he will have a starting wage of $27.19.
“He’s just a very polite, very courteous young man and I’m excited to have him on board,” Hauschild said.
The council also approved a request from the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce to close South Franklin Street from Main Street to East Delaware Street for an upcoming event.
Dubbed “Rhubacue on the River,” the event will feature three truck vendors and is set to occur June 5 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Rear Façade Grant Application was also amended for Mike Corkery, who is doing work on a structure at 119 South Franklin Street.
According to city documents, Corkery was originally awarded a facade grant for the west side of his building for $426.67. During the early stages of the work, it was determined that additional brick work and gutter work would be needed, leading to the Design Committee approving an increase of $700 to facilitate the project.
City Manager Tim Vick will be gathering information on the Manchester Public Library after a request from the council. Councilmember Mary Ann Poynor said she and others have been receiving multiple inquires regarding the library’s operations and wants to be able to give constituents the correct information.
Vick said he should have something by the council’s next meeting.