On January 6th the Stevensville Police Department welcomed a new officer at a swearing-in ceremony. The Department’s newest Police Officer comes to Stevensville after serving in Miles City, growing up in Libby, Montana.
Officer Eli Alspaw previously worked for the Miles City Police Department before being selected by SPD as the latest addition to Stevensville’s police force. He graduated the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in 2019. Alspaw says that he enjoys working in communities similar to the size of his hometown. He says that the mountains and his desire to be closer to his family in Libby are what called him back to the west side of the state, noting that he is excited for the opportunity to work in Stevensville.
“Officer Alspaw comes to us with the certification necessary for him to start serving our community in a matter of weeks, rather than months,” commented Mayor Dewey. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Officer Alspaw to the Stevensville Police Department.”
Mayor Dewey says that with Alspaw on board, the administration will continue to focus it’s efforts in hiring a Chief of Police, a position vacated when former Chief James Marble took a job with the State of Montana in November. The Mayor reports that the Town has begun reviewing the 11 applications received for the position and will work towards narrowing down the pool of candidates. Citizens can expect a selection process that engages the public once a slate of finalists has been identified.