New officer has hometown roots

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JULIE ANDERSON
by Julie Anderson

Beginning Feb. 21, the Hillsboro Police Department will have a new officer. David Funk will be filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Officer Randy Brazil.

?I?ve always wanted to work here ever since I got into law enforcement,? Funk said.

Currently, Funk is a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff?s Office. He has worked there since 1993.

Funk will continue working at the sheriff?s office until Feb. 18. During the summer, he will be involved on the reserve program if he is needed.

?I?m glad I started out in the sheriff?s office because it deals with a wide spectrum of law enforcement,? Funk said.

He has been involved in taking care of the jail, the arrest and bonding process, civil process and working in rural areas of the county.

?It?s going to be slower paced here,? Funk said.

He said because of his experience with the sheriff?s department, he is prepared to deal with any situation that may arise in Hillsboro. He also is familiar with the local department and the officers.

?I know all of the officers here and have enjoyed working with them as a deputy,? Funk said.

Although Funk is sorry to leave the sheriff?s department when it is already short on deputies, he is looking forward to working in his hometown.

?I?m looking forward to serving the people of Hillsboro and serving with the officers here,? Funk said.

He said it would be nice to see the long-term effects of his work.

Funk said another advantage to working in Hillsboro is being closer to home, which he said is important because his children are getting older.

?I think he will be a big asset to the department,? Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning said. ?I?ve known David for years.?

Kinning met Funk when he was Funk?s training officer at the sheriff?s office.

?I think we are very fortunate to find him,? Kinning said. ?He?s got good ties to the community.?

While at the police department, Funk also wants to serve as the D.A.R.E. officer. He is interested in the program because he feels it is doing a good job educating students about drugs and keeping them out of trouble.

He will not be able to serve as the D.A.R.E. officer until he attends the training sessions, which won?t be held again until next January.

?I just enjoy law enforcement,? Funk said.

Funk lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Gaye, and their two children, Tyler, 4, and Joshua, 2.

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