Sheldon police chief finalists

Sheldon police chief candidate Scott Burth and Jeremy Russey.

SHELDON—The city of Sheldon has named the two finalists for police chief: Scott Burtch and Jeremy Russey.

Burtch is a deputy with the Mills County Sheriff Office in southwest Iowa and resides in Glenwood while Russey is a police inspector and canine handler for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and works in Roy, WA, which is about an hour south of Seattle.

There were eight applicants for the opening, according to Sheldon city manager Sam Kooiker.

Sheldon has been without a permanent police chief since Lyle Bolkema’s retirement on Nov. 27. Longtime officer David Dykstra has been serving as interim police chief.

Sheldon residents are invited to meet the candidates at an open house 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Truly Scrumptious at 316 Ninth St. downtown.