Byron Hook recently became the newest member of the Decorah Police Department. (Photo by Sarah Strandberg)
A Kansas City native who served with Decorah's Army Reserve Unit is Decorah's newest police officer.
Byron Hook, 35, was recently hired to replace Dustin Carolan, who resigned to take a position with the Iowa City Police Department. Hook was introduced to the Decorah City Council last Monday night by Chief Bill Nixon.
"We're really happy to welcome him to the department and his family to the community," Nixon said after the meeting.
"Byron has a variety of life experience that will be good for the department and good for the community. He has a lot to offer and a lot of enthusiasm for the job and for being part of the community."
Hook has been a member of the Monona Police Department since 2009 and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2010. He previously worked in construction.
He served with the Decorah Army Reserve Unit, which was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and to Afghanistan in 2011. He was a staff sergeant with the engineering company.
Hook said he enjoys serving the community as a police officer. He said the four years since he became an officer have been the best four years of his life.
Hook said he thinks he will get along well with the other members of the department and looks forward to spending a long time in Decorah.
"This is a great opportunity for me and my family," he said. "I'm excited to be here."
Hook and his wife, Emily, a Monona native, have three children ages 10 and under.