Officers switch agencies
Law enforcement officers in the county are riding a bit of a merry-go-round, changing which departments they work with.
Hillsboro police officer Peyton Heidebrecht is now a full-time deputy at Marion County sheriff’s office.
His last shift at Hillsboro was Sunday, and he began duties at the sheriff’s office Monday.
He already has been involved in a drug bust at Nighthawk Rd. and US-50 that resulted in the arrest of a Kansas City, Missouri, woman.
Hillsboro police chief Jessey Hiebert said Heidebrecht would remain on part-time duty with Hillsboro.
Heidebrecht’s departure from full-time duty leaves Hillsboro looking for a replacement full-time officer to bring the department back to five, Hiebert said.
Three resumes have come in. Hiebert anticipates another will come soon.
“We’ll keep the applications open until we find the right candidate for Hillsboro,” he said.
Besides needing an additional full-timer, Hillsboro always is on the lookout for part-time officers, he said.
The sheriff’s office also continues to look for help.
“I still need one more deputy and two more jailers,” sheriff Jeff Soyez said.
Full-time deputy Presley Mabe left the sheriff’s office in early July and began duty July 6 as a part-time Peabody officer.
He is riding with officer Medina Sulejmani, hired soon before Mabe, Peabody police chief Travis Wilson said.
Wilson still wants to hire two full-time officers, although Mabe could be switched to full-time duties, and at least two additional part-time officers.
In Heidebrecht’s early action with the county, he assisted deputy Josh Meliza at 11:46 p.m. Monday after Meliza stopped a driver on US-50 near Nighthawk Rd. for driving in the left lane and having an expired license plate.
After the department’s drug dog, Karma, sniffed the car, deputies found a methamphetamine pipe with residue in it and arrested Karlie Wiser, Kansas City, Missouri.
She was booked into jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, driving with expired registration, and having no proof of insurance.