KINGSBURG – The last Kingsburg City Council meeting of the year was filled with applause and gratitude as two new police officers were sworn in and volunteer Jim McGuire was recognized for his work as a public safety volunteer.

Police Officer Nathan Moon and reserve Joshua Carey were sworn in at the Dec. 20 meeting as Police Chief Neil Dadian thanked their families for their support.

Officer Moon is a Kingsburg resident and earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical and theological studies in 2007. He first started with the department in 2011 as a community resource officer. He then became a reserve. His first full-time position was with the Fowler Police Department before he joined the Kingsburg Police department full time in June.

Officer Carey is a 2005 Yosemite High School graduate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in software engineering in 2014 and attended Fresno City College Police Academy in 2017. Carey served four years in the United States Marine Corps including two combat tours in Irag and Afghanistan.

Family members pinned the officers’ badges on after they were sworn in at the council meeting.

McGuire was thanked by City Manager Alex Henderson for helping make the community a safer place to live.

“Having dedicated individuals such as yourself gives Kingsburg an invaluable asset, especially when it comes to maintaining our beautiful community,” Henderson wrote in a letter thanking McGuire for his more than 500 hours of volunteer service.

McGuire has been volunteering for nearly two years now with the Police’s Public Safety Department. Councilman Bruce Blayney said when the city sought volunteers for the department “Jim was among the first to answer the call. Jim has been instrumental in recruiting new safety volunteers for the police and fire departments. He’s now responsible for training our new volunteers.”

McGuire was nominated by his peers based on his dedication and work ethic and was described as someone who has “never hesitated to help, no matter the time or day. Jim has increased our safety presence with patrol checks, attendance at football games and community events around town,” Henderson said.

The next scheduled City Council meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at Council Chambers, 1401 Draper St.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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