With his family in attendance, Johnnie Bohnert was sworn in during a ceremony performed by Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, with assistance from Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer, as a full-time patrolman at City Hall.
"This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid," Bohnert told The Brazil Times, adding that he grew up in Clay County, but had moved away for seven years. "It's nice to come back and be able to serve the people in the community I grew up in."
Already certified by the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF) and other paperwork successfully completed, Bohnert officially become a patrolman Friday. However, Archer confirmed Bohnert did not begin his official duties until Monday.
Within the next year, Bohnert, who has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana Tech, will attend law enforcement academy, complete his testing and begin field training. He hopes to specialize his training toward a goal of becoming a K-9 handler in the future.
Archer confirmed this brings the number of full-time officers for the department to 10.
"We will be hiring two more after the first of the year," Archer said. "Johnnie's been a reserve for a couple of months now and understands how things work around the department. His training had already begun, so it will take less time for him to complete than someone unfamiliar with the operations of the department. He will make a great addition to the department."