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New Monroe police officers, retiree recognized by city
City Clerk Carol Stamm administers the oath of office to two new Monroe Police Department officers, Benjamin Preston and Jeremy Larson, as Chief Fred Kelley, background, looks on during the Monroe Common Council meeting on Tuesday. (Times photo: Bridget Cooke)
MONROE - Police Chief Fred Kelley welcomed two new police officers during Monroe Common Council proceedings Tuesday as one officer retired after more than three decades on the force.

City Clerk Carol Stamm swore in the new officers, Jeremy Larson and Benjamin Preston, and officially welcomed the new recruits to the force even though both had been working for the city for the "last couple of weeks," Kelley said. Stamm provided the officers with certificates.

Dave Plenge, who served as a uniform patrol officer for nearly 35 years was acknowledged for his retirement from the force and given a commemorative plaque by Kelley.

Larson, 33, was an officer of the Oregon Police Department in Wisconsin. Preston, 28, had previously served as an officer with the Whitefish Bay Police Department.