Despite the daily 46-mile commutes between Council Grove and Marion, officer Brandon Mitchell is happy to be a part of the Marion Police Department.
“I’m really glad to be here,” said Mitchell, who began work in February. “I’m working with a group of guys that are more than willing to help out. If there’s anything you need, they won’t hesitate to go out and get it for you.”
A graduate of Centre High School, Mitchell moved back to the area in December after beginning his law enforcement career in 2010 in Ness County.
Mitchell found work closer to home so he could be closer to family. He likes to spend free time with his girlfriend Kim Helmer and their four children.
He says the biggest part of law enforcement is having the ability to influence others positively.
“The job’s not always arresting people and writing tickets,” he said. “You deal with people on a daily basis that are having bad days, and you’re there to calm situations — to be a face that they can trust.”