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New year, new career for West Chester Police recruits
Three full-time officers begin new law enforcement careers with the West Chester Police Department in the New Year.
Anthony Hetzer, Jonah Mintkenbaugh and John Scrimizzi were sworn in Thursday evening. The West Chester Board of Trustees approved their hiring at its December 11, 2018 meeting to fill vacancies in the department. All three officers’ effective hiring date is January 21 contingent upon the successful completion of the hiring process.
Mr. Hetzer is a 2015 graduate of Ross High School and a certified welder. He is a first-generation police officer.
Mr. Mintkenbaugh studies at Cincinnati Christian University, where he played football, and serves in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout. He will work alongside and follow in the footsteps of his father Officer Tim Mintkenbaugh, who has been with the department for more than two decades.
Mr. Scrimizzi is a 2015 graduate of St. Xavier High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Justice Studies from Miami University while working as a student employee with the campus police department. Last summer, Mr. Scrimizzi worked as an honors intern for the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office. He is a second-generation police officer following his father, who served the City of Hamilton.
All three officers start with a salary of $60,137.93 per the collective bargaining agreement. They will attend the Ohio State Highway Patrol Police Academy from Monday, Feb. 4 through June 2019.
Watch video of the officers' hiring from the Dec. 11 Board of Trustees meeting (starts at 59:14).