"We started the process of hiring a police officer three months ago," Alta Police Chief Julian Ortiz said. "We're ready to have a full staff and get back on track."
"I think Dave will be a good addition," city clerk Tom Huseman said. "We've been short for several months. We've had good fill-in help, but I think it will be good to get a third officer full time."
Freese grew up in Storm Lake, is a 1989 graduate of Storm Lake High School and has since served in the Army Reserves. Freese said his desire to become a police officer is something that he has thrown around for quite a while, but said the timing was just never right.
Freese and his wife Kate have lived in Alta for six years and said it's a place he's finally starting to call home.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/21 Pilot Tribune.