Hale sworn in as newest Kemmerer police officer

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Natasia Diers reads Officer Mitch Hale the oath of office, officially swearing him in as the newest Kemmerer police officer. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Mitchell Hale was sworn in as the newest Kemmerer police officer at the Kemmerer City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 27.

“[Hale] was previously a Sheriff’s Deputy here in Kemmerer before switching careers into the private sector a few years ago, so he’s already very familiar with the community,” Kemmerer city administrator Andrew Nelson said in an email.

The officer position had been vacant since June, after former chief Stacy Buck resigned and Michael Kahre was promoted from an officer to police chief.

Chief Kahre said the transition with a new officer was going smoothly, and the department was happy to be operating with a full staff again. 

City Hall deputy clerk Natasia Diers swore in Officer Hale, who raised his right hand and promised to “support, obey and defend the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Wyoming and (do) the duties of (his) office with fidelity.”

Natasia Diers reads Officer Mitch Hale the oath of office, officially swearing him in as the newest Kemmerer police officer. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Officer Hale's wife and children were present at the meeting to support him as he was officially sworn in as the newest member of the Kemmerer Police Department.

Mayor Tony Tomassi and Nelson also presented a 10-year service award to Kemmerer police officer Josh Albins, and Tomassi remarked that he looked forward to giving the same award to Officer Hale in the future.

"So do I," Officer Hale said. 

Kemmerer Mayor Tony Tomassi (left) and city administrator Andrew Nelson present Kemmerer police officer Josh Albin with a certificate commemorating his 10 years of service with the department. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)