BRITT | Britt’s longest-serving patrolman has been promoted.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Britt City Council, with Curt Gast absent, unanimously approved the promotion — and hourly wage increase — of Officer Tyler Harmon from patrolman to sergeant at the recommendation of Police Chief Mark Anderson and Mayor Ryan Arndorfer.
Harmon, who was hired by the city in 2014, is the Britt Police Department’s K-9 handler and field training officer.
“With the guidance and accountability that Harmon has shown, I find that it’s vital for the city to acknowledge not only having Harmon on as a police officer but also having him on as a sergeant,” Anderson said. “This will add additional supervision to the department, which eases my position a little bit.”
As a sergeant, Harmon will earn $23 an hour, a 5 percent increase.
His promotion was welcomed with applause after his wife, Hannah, pinned his new badge. His daughter, Kingsley, and in-laws were also in the audience.
“Congratulations, sir,” Arndorfer said.
In addition to enforcing local, state and federal laws, he’ll be responsible for training new officers, ensuring certifications are up to date and other managerial tasks.
In September, Harmon was appointed interim police chief after Dan Cummings resigned. He held that position until Anderson was promoted in November.
He also led the community fundraising efforts to secure the city’s first K-9, Kovu, last summer. Harmon worked with Kovu to get him trained and certified. Kovu was sworn in as an officer in December.
Kovu's duties include handler protection, tracking and drug detection.
“I know there’s tons of other things that Tyler’s done throughout his time here that has been above and beyond,” Arndorfer said. “Thank you, Tyler, for that.”
Harmon has been in charge of the department’s field officer training program since November.
Last fall, the city hired officers Jordan Williams and Tyler Holbrook to fill two vacancies.
Holbrook is currently attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Williams will attend in March.
Also during the Feb. 5 meeting:
- Rose Brown, a senior urban planner with Bolton & Menk, spoke to the council about a comprehensive plan and a strategic work plan. A comprehensive plan identifies a long-term vision for a community and its goals in a broad array of areas through extensive public engagement, while a strategic work plan is more focused on determining actionable steps to achieve the city’s short- and mid-range goals with less public engagement. Bolton & Menk’s fee for a comprehensive plan is $55,050 and $23,485 for a strategic work plan. The council agreed to discuss its options during the 2019-2020 budget process.
- Fire Chief Jon Swenson informed the council that the Britt Fire Association has purchased a new Ford F550 chassis to replace its decades-old DNR loaner truck thanks to grants, donations and fundraisers. No property taxes are being used for the purchase.
- Public Works Director Vance Hagen presented three quotes for blinking stop signs for the intersection of Highway 18 and Main Avenue. For four signs, two 36-inch and two 48-inch, the lowest quote — excluding labor — was $7,396 from TAPCO. Because the item wasn’t on the agenda, the council couldn’t vote, but a vote may depend on the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Photos: Britt officers are sworn into police department