O’FALLON – The hiring of four police officers brings the city police force up to full staffing for the first time in seven years, the mayor said.
New officers George Fender, Cloee Frank, Justin Ellis and Nicholas Luttrell were introduced to the City Council this month.
“I congratulate each of these employees on their achievement and sincerely thank them for their dedication to our community. I look forward to seeing these men and women join the ranks of the other great O’Fallon officers,” said Mayor Herb Roach.
Frank, Fender and Ellis all bring experience to their new positions as they are already certified officers. They will immediately begin in the field training program. Frank comes to O’Fallon with 4.5 years of experience with the Carbondale Police Department. Fender previously worked for 10 years as a police officer for the village of Shiloh. Ellis was previously employed as a part-time officer with the Grantfork Police Department and was a full-time paramedic for O’Fallon EMS.
Luttrell is a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He recently began the Police Academy at Southwestern Illinois College and is expected to graduate in December.
Photo from left: Mayor Herb Roach, Board of Fire & Police Commissioner Gene McCoskey, Patrol Officer Justin Ellis, Patrol Officer George Fender, Patrol Officer Nicholas Luttrell, Patrol Officer Cloee Frank, Public Safety Director Eric Van Hook, and Board of Fire & Police Commissioner Horace Humphries.