A new officer at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will be attending the Law Enforcement Academy but his attendance had to be approved by the Marshall County Commissioners.
Sheriff Matt Hassel asked the commissioners to waive the age requirement to attend the academy as listed in the job description in the county employee handbook. Colin Smith is only 20 years old and the handbook requires a candidate to be at least 21 years of age. Smith will be turning 21 later this month. The academy takes trainees at the age of 18.
Hassel said this type of situation does not happen often and is just asking for this one-time waiver. The commissioners only handle this type of request on a case-by-case basis.
The commissioners unanimously approved the request. The county council will consider the request at their meeting on Monday morning. If the council approves the request, Smith will be able to be officially hired on June 12 and attend the academy beginning Monday, June 19 for 15 weeks of training.