Humboldt city personnel matters discussed

The female swan, Wilma (right) remains at the city pond, but her male counterpart, Fred, has been taken to the rehabilitation center near Carroll for treatment of his leg. No word on how long Fred will be gone, but Wilma has several feathered friends to keep her company. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken reported that new Chief of Police Joel Sanders will begin work next Monday, Jan. 11. He said meetings are being set up with city leaders and other community stakeholders. Sanders will be on the job for four weeks and then will return to Urbana, IL, to complete the implementation of a community policing/mental health project. He will complete his work in Urbana and will return to Humboldt full-time the second week in March. Goedken made the comments during Monday night's Humboldt City Council meeting.
Goedken reported that the city has hired Amber Williams as a new police officer and she will begin her new duties next Tuesday. Williams is Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certified. The city has also hired Sully Anderson as a parks assistant. He will begin his work for the city next Monday. This Friday, Jan. 8, is the deadline for applying for the administrative assistant position at Humboldt City Hall. Goedken also reported that Police Officer Colton Monson has received his Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training and is back working on the force.
Goeken gave a report on Fred, the male swan at the city pond. Fred came to Humboldt with a leg injury a few years ago. Parks Department staff noticed that Fred was just sitting in the water and wasn’t moving for about a week, so he was taken to SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) rehab center in Carroll, where his leg is being rehabilitated. The female swan, Wilma, remains at the city pond.
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