Captain Stuckey is ready to serve residents in new position

Michael Stuckey is congratulated by Police Chief Ray Beltran following City Council approval of a resolution naming him as the new captain of the department. The four-year veteran is originally from the community, and looks forward to starting this new chapter in his law enforcement career. Photo submitted

The recent move of officer Garrett Quintus into another line of work also gave someone else in the Eagle Grove Police Department a chance to fill the then-vacant captain’s position. Michael Stuckey is now the new captain, and the four-year veteran looks forward to the challenge.

“It has been in the back of my mind (this position) for awhile,” said the Eagle Grove native. “Garrett and I have had many conversations in the past about what we thought the future would hold for both of us, and we had hoped that someday it would have been him and I as Chief and Captain after Ray (Beltran) retires. It’s kind of disappointing that it won’t happen now, but I support his (Garrett’s) decision as a friend and wish him the best.”

The process of choosing the next captain started with any interested officers submitting their names for consideration followed by an interview by a three-person panel. That panel then met with Chief Beltran to give him their input on the decision.

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