Lind­say adds new of­fi­cer

Kirk­man ap­pointed on Tues­day

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Chris Hughes, Lind­say’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic safety, ap­pointed at the city’s coun­cil meet­ing Tues­day Dakota Kirk­man to pub­lic safety of­fi­cer.

Kirk­man, who was born in Visalia in 1990, was raised in Ex­eter.

He is a grad­u­ate of Ex­eter High School and played a num­ber of sports such as foot­ball and base­ball.

Af­ter he grad­u­ated, he at­tended Col­lege of the Se­quoias where he played base­ball. He trans­ferred to Porter­ville Col­lege where he also played base­ball un­til he got a schol­ar­ship to play at Mount Marty Col­lege in South Dakota.

While there, he be­gan tak­ing crim­i­nal jus­tice classes, which led him to change his ini­tial ca­reer goal of be­ing a teacher to be­com­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer. To get some ex­pe­ri­ence, he started work­ing as a jail in­take at the Yank­ton County Jail in South Dakota.

When he re­turned to Ex-

eter in 2015, he de­cided to at­tend the Cal­i­for­nia Po­lice Academy. In July of this year, he com­pleted the Col­lege of Se­quoias Po­lice Academy.

Hughes said Dakota has al­ready started work­ing on keep­ing the streets of Lind­say safe.

“He is fit­ting in real nice,” Hughes said. “He seems to be get­ting along with ev­ery­body.”

Mayor Pro Tem Danny Sali­nas said there were a num­ber of qual­ity can­di­dates seek­ing the pub­lic safety of­fi­cer po­si­tion, but be­lieves Dakota was the best op­tion.

“For him to get it over all the oth­ers, it was a good choice,” Sali­nas said.

Mayor Pam Kim­ball added, “We are very happy to have you on board with us Of­fi­cer Kirk­man.” In other mat­ters:

Ap­proved procla­ma­tion of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Philip Lobue.

Ap­proved procla­ma­tion declar­ing Septem­ber Rail­road Safety Month.

Ap­proved a re­quest to form an Ad Hoc Com­mit­tee for com­mu­nity recog­ni­tion and se­lected coun­cilmem­bers Laura Cortes and Brian Wat­son to serve.

The next reg­u­lar city coun­cil meet­ing starts at 6 p.m. on Tues­day, Sept. 26 at Lind­say’s City Hall.

The coun­cil will hold a spe­cial meet­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 19 at Sweet Brier Plaza. A tour will be­gin at 6 p.m. and ad­journ to the coun­cil cham­bers at city hall at 6:30 p.m. or im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the walk­ing tour.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Dakota Kirk­man was re­cently sworn in as the City of Lind­say’s new pub­lic safety of­fi­cer.

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