On Monday afternoon, town of St. James swore in new officer and St. James native Chet Anderson.
After graduating from St. James Excessive Faculty, Anderson earned his diploma in regulation enforcement.
Whereas at school, Anderson volunteered for St. James EMS and labored part-time for the police and sheriff’s division.
Upon commencement, Anderson obtained a full-time job in Scottsdale, Arizona, serving the group as a police officer for 20 years earlier than retiring in 2014.
“The plan was at all times to maneuver again,” stated Anderson. “My dad is getting older so I needed to assist out with the farm.”
After retiring from the police division in Scottsdale, Anderson labored for American Airways for 4 years earlier than transferring again to the St. James space.
Anderson joined the sheriff’s division as a dispatcher.
“I spotted that the bug for regulation enforcement by no means left. I like police work. I like catching unhealthy guys. I nonetheless really feel I’ve loads to supply for a police division.”
On Monday, Anderson’s full circle journey grew to become full.
“There is a sense of delight figuring out that you simply’re serving to out the hometown of us. You understand lots of people and also you actually need the city to succeed. A method to try this is to ensure it is secure and pleasant for folks to stay and go to.”
Anderson additionally hopes to deliver some stability to the St. James Police Division.
Coming from Scottsdale, a metropolis of round 250,000 folks, there is not a lot Anderson hasn’t seen.
In transitioning to a smaller group like St. James, Anderson is taking the values he has discovered through the years to his service to the St. James group: group service, equity, and dealing with conditions in knowledgeable method.
“Should you do the job pretty, impartially and professionally, that handles fairly a little bit of the job.”