The newest officers on the Nevada Police force are Sean Seymour, 25, and Ryan Sills, 22.


Seymour is a 2010 graduate of Indianola High School and was born and raised in Indianola. He holds a criminal justice degree from Simpson College and was working for the city of Marion as an officer, prior to coming to Nevada.


He said he has always been interested to work in law enforcement. “Growing up, I had several family members that were firefighters or were in law enforcement, so I have always been around people that worked toward public safety,” he said.


He saw the chance to work at Nevada as a unique opportunity, as he could be an officer, an EMT and eventually a member of the volunteer fire department here, as well.


Before joining the police department, Seymour said he wasn’t very familiar with Nevada. “The last few months I have learned a lot about Nevada. Many of the community members have been friendly and seem to support each other and the department,” he said.


His goal as an officer in Nevada, Seymour shared, is “to positively impact the community and help continue to keep Nevada a safe environment for all members of the community.”


When he’s not working, Seymour is a big outdoorsman. “I enjoy being able to hunt and fish whenever I can. When I am not hunting and fishing, I am usually just enjoying the company of family and friends.”


Sills comes from nearby Kelley and is a 2013 graduate of Ballard High School. “I know many of the people who live (in Nevada),” he said. And he understands that Nevada “is a growing community, which has grown so much from when I played sports here in high school.”


Sills said he wanted to go into law enforcement because he’s always liked helping others and the community. “I started out volunteering at the local fire department in Kelley and wanted to do more, so I decided to become a police officer. We had other police officers on the (fire) department and they encouraged me to apply for the police officer position (in Nevada). I was attracted to the job opening in Nevada, because it was close to home,” he said.


Sills plans to bring a positive attitude and hard work ethic to the position.


“My main goal as a police officer is to better the community and learn as much as I can while doing so. Being a police officer here in Nevada will also help me to keep improving my skills as an officer,” he said.


In the past, Sills has worked as a bartender, mostly at Crossroads Tavern, for five years. When it closed, he took a job at Levy restaurants at Iowa State. During his free time, he enjoys being outside boating, running or doing anything he can to stay active. “I have spent a lot of my time in the last two years skydiving in Winterset,” he said.


His parents, Linda and Jim Sills, were on hand when Sills was recently sworn in as an officer. He also mentions that his family includes his brother, Josh Sills, and grandparents, Caroline Evans and Raymond Evans.


“I am very excited to start my new career … I hope to make everyone proud.”


Sills will soon depart for the police academy in Johnston to become fully trained.


Nevada Police Chief Ricardo Martinez said Cory Morrissey will be the next Nevada Police officer added. Morrissey will start Aug. 14 and be sworn in at the council meeting that evening. The Journal will followup with story on him soon.