Jonesville welcomes newest police officer

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

October 7, 2013

Jonesville Police Department welcomed its newest officer Thursday with an oath swearing ceremony.

Nathanial Grey Hodges is now one of Jonesville’s finest. He was sworn in Thursday afternoon in the Jonesville Town Hall.

Born in Dobson, he moved to Yadkinville in 2006 and graduated from Forbush High School.

Hodges then enlisted as an Army Reservist in February of 2012. He is still in the National Guard.

“I graduated BLET [Basic Law Enforcement Training] in June and had a real good friend come to me and let me know that Jonesville was hiring,” Hodges said. “I was interested in staying around home so I came up here and put an application in and it went well.”

Police Chief Roger Reece said Hodges beat out several other applicants for the job.

“He rated at the top of our list through our interview process. He was one of the top candidates so that’s why he came,” Reece said.

Hodges is one of three new hires for the department. Those oaths will be given in the coming weeks.

“We’re very happy. Nathan is the first of the three that will be coming on board,” Reece said.

“We’ve had three positions to come open and we’ve been looking – probably went through 60 applicants that we reviewed and narrowed down to our three.”

The number of applicants is growing all the time.

“There’s been a large influx of people wanting to become police officers,” Reece said.

He said the department gets applicants from Wilkes and Surry community colleges with their fall and spring semester BLET schools.

Reece said Hodges will likely begin training on the road in seven to ten days.

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