Hartig has been in law enforcement for 13 years, the last 10 and a half with St. Louis Metro. While there, he received two letters of commendation and six awards for excellence.
"Monett is a different culture than the St. Louis area," Hartig said. "There is an energy in the big city, but there is a different ease in a rural setting. Each has its own personality."
Hartig said there is a different mind-set in a smaller department.
Hartig received his education at Missouri State University in Springfield with a bachelor of science in public administration.
He has written, directed and produced two independent feature films promoting safety for police officers and the public when interacting with law enforcement officials.
The informational film, "Coptalk: Drive Aware, the Do's and Don'ts of Car Stops," has been used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Law Enforcement Training Center.
He chose to interview and work in the Monett community as a way to keep his hand in law enforcement.
"I'm never going to stop writing," Hartig said. "I don't know if I'll ever produce or direct again.
"I want to stay with the department and be a good officer," he continued. "I take the responsibility of the badge very seriously."
Settling into the community, Hartig is looking forward to visiting some of Missouri's local lakes and recreation spots, as well as finding a new church home.
"This is a friendly community," he said. "So far, I haven't met anyone who hasn't said 'hi.' It's a quieter pace of life in Monett. I'm going to enjoy it."