New Bloomfield noted for hiring veterans

The city of New Bloomfield was recognized at its city council meeting Thursday with the Flag of Freedom award for its participation in the Show-Me Heroes program.

Gov. Jay Nixon established the program in 2010 to help veterans find careers, while highlighting the businesses that hire veterans.

New Bloomfield has hired five veterans since 2008 and joined the program in 2012. One of those veterans is Christopher Hammann, the city’s chief of police, who was in the Army 1996-2000. Sgt. Greg Mooney said Hammann’s “survival mentality” learned in the military makes him a great chief.

State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, and Jerry Brown, MWDP local veterans employment representative, presented the award to the city.

Mooney also said at the meeting that the police department is looking for two reserve (volunteer) officers. The department currently has four but needs six total to be fully staffed. Mooney added that applicants must be Peace Officer Standards and Training certified, have a valid license and have a clean record (no felonies or DWIs). The department is also looking into applying for a State Farm grant for an in-car camera system, Mooney said.

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