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New faces join Monett Police Department

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jeff Martinson
Jeff Martinson, a 14-year veteran of the Monett Police Department, has been promoted to the position of detective.

Martinson has previously worked as a patrol officer and a member of the special response team and has served search warrants and worked bike patrol.

"I've always wanted to be a detective," Martinson said. "I'm privileged to work at a department where the city takes care of its officers. The department offers a lot of job satisfaction."

Dennis Goss
The Monett Police Department has long been known among other agencies as the "plum" of law enforcement assignments, due to the high expectations the city has of its officers and staffers, as well as the high retention rate for employees.

"Monett is still the department people want to join," Martinson said. "We have top-notch patrol cars and the latest equipment and a desirable working environment."

Martinson had to wait for a vacancy in the detective's division before he could test to fill the post.

"I've spent the past four years as a part-time investigator, processing crime scenes," Martinson said. "The only really bad thing about my job is seeing what has happened to some of the victims."

But luckily, those cases are few and far-between cases are offset by the perks of the job.

"I love to talk to people and meet the citizens of Monett," Martinson said. "I like to be able to help people out and know what's going on. Over the course of 14 years, I have gotten to know so many people, and I find no matter what they have done, if you treat them with respect, they will help you out with what you need."

Martinson is fascinated by the changing face-scape of the community as it embraces those moving from the urban sprawl of other areas.

"We have a variety of people and cultures in the community," he said. "It seems that very few people I meet today are actually native Monettans."

As one of three officers assigned to the detective division, Martinson said there is enough to "keep [all three of] us hopping."

"The majority of our cases involve property damage and things of that nature," he said. "There is not a lot of violent crime. This department has a high closure rate on cases compared to other agencies."

Martinson and his wife, Louise, have two grown sons, Jeff and Rick, who have families of their own. Martinson enjoys the opportunity to spoil his three granddaughters.

"At this point in my life I'm very content," Martinson said. "I love what I'm doing."

New Officers Hired

"I'm still learning the ropes," said Patrolman Dennis Goss, one of the newest employees at the Monett Police Department. "Every day is different. It's fun to come to work."

Goss, 26, started his duties with the department on Sept. 9. He is currently training with another officer to learn department protocols and procedures.

A Republic resident, Goss and his wife have a 4-year-old son, Brady, and another child on the way. She is a teacher with the Springfield School District.

Goss enjoys spending time with his son and discovering new adventures through the young boy's eyes.

"He is my world," Goss said. "He's my excuse to watch Saturday morning cartoons."

Goss graduated from the Drury University Law Enforcement Academy in December of 2008. He worked as a reserve officer for the Republic Police Department for a year and a half before joining Monett's force.

"I like the hometown feeling of Monett," Goss said. "There is a rare feeling on Broadway that so many towns don't have, and that is that the business district is thriving."

Goss also said he was impressed that a city the size of Monett has so much industry and business, offering employment to a sizeable number of people.

"This seems like a very tight-knit community," he said.

Goss enjoys being "in a position that matters."

"I like being able to help people," he said. "It's fulfilling. It's an amazing feeling getting to do the job I love to do and get paid for it." Goss is looking forward to being released from training and getting out into the community.

Another new face at the department is Patrolman Juan Salazar, who comes to Monett from the Neosho Police Department, where he had been employed since December 2007.

Salazar, a Monett High School alumni, graduated from the law enforcement academy at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin in 2007.

Salazar is an active Marine reservist, and anticipates possible deployment again as early as 2013.

"I've been to Iraq twice," he said. "As a reservist, I still attend training once a month."

Salazar and his wife, Marta, have two children and live in nearby Pierce City.

"I like dealing with people, especially here in Monett," Salazar said. "I know some of the residents from when I attended high school here."

Salazar comes to the department with an ambitious agenda.

"I'd like to become a field training officer, a range officer and eventually move into supervision," he said. "I enjoy every aspect of my job and like that it's close to home and I know what's going on locally."

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