The Village of Caledonia has two new police officers patrolling area roadways.
Officers Branden Kerr and Andrew Gelden were sworn in this week, Caledonia police Lt. Gary Larsen confirmed Friday.
Kerr has experience in law enforcement after serving as a corrections clerk at the Racine County Jail and as a military police officer in the U.S. Army in both Korea and Iraq. He had reached the rank of Staff Sergeant by the time he was honorably discharged from the Army in 2009. During his Army career, Kerr earned the following distinctions: Purple Heart; Bronze Star; Combat Badge and Army Achievement Medal.
He attended school at both Madison and Milwaukee Area Technical colleges and graduated from Waukesha County Technical College’s police recruit academy in 2013.
Andrew Gelden has an education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he had a swimming scholarship. After graduating from UW-GB in 2012, he attended the police recruit academy at Gateway Technical College and graduated there in 2014. Gelden started his law enforcement career as a part-time police officer in Sturtevant.
Gelden’s departure from Sturtevant coincides with the retirement of Officer Gary Kovacs, who left the department last week after 29 years of service.
Sturtevant will also welcome new officers in the next few weeks.
Police Chief Sean Marschke confirmed the village Police and Fire Commission will meet next week to hire a full-time officer and to start reviewing candidates to fill four part-time positions as well.