Two new police officers have joined the ranks of the Toledo Police Department. With their addition, the force has almost been returned to full strength, with one spot yet to be filled.
Officers Dan Quigley and Joe McMillen began duties in April.
A pair of resignations and the promotion of Sgt. Bob Kendall to police chief brought the five-member department down to full-time officers - Brian Randall and Kendall. Police Chief Jeff Harnish was fired by the city council on March 12.
Toledo native Dan Quigley, 29, brings a variety of previous law enforcement experience with him to the job.
He began work on April 3 as a Toledo police officer. "I'm looking forward to getting to know people, serving the public and getting involved in the community I grew up in," Quigley said. He is a 2001 South Tama High School graduate and the son of Marcia Sawdy and the late Marty Quigley.
Quigley has been a reserve deputy with the Tama County Sheriff's Office since 2005.
From 2008-10 he served as police chief of Scranton, Iowa. From October, 2010 to July, 2011, he was an investigator at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino, rural Tama.
The civilians investigators were merged with the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police and Quigley then began serving as a Tribal Police sergeant assigned to the casino.
He also is a part-time officer on the State Center Police Department.
Quigley graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in July, 2009.
Quigley is a certified hostage crisis negotiator and an instructor in the defensive use of a flashlight by police officers.
He said he is an "avid collector" of police memorabilia.
Quigley is a member of the Hiram of Tyre Lodge 18, Tama-Toledo.
His grandfather was a cousin of the late Milo Quigley who served as Tama County Sheriff in the 1960s and 70s.
"i wanted to be a cop since I was 14 or 15," Joe McMillen said of his new career path.
Now age 23, McMillen joined the Toledo Police Department in April as a full-time officer.
He has been a reserve officer on the Grinnell Police Department for 16 months.
"I have been trying to get into full-time enforcement for over a year. I love the town here, everyone is very friendly," McMillen said. With his family, he plans to move to the Toledo area from Grinnell after he completes the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program which he starts on Aug. 27.
McMillen has been in the meat cutting management program with Fareway Grocery Stores for five years.
He grew up on an acreage near Sac City, one of 11 children. He is the second-oldest. He was home-schooled.
He has been married for three years and has two children.