• Webster City City Council to meet Tuesday afternoon.
The Webster City City Council will meet Tuesday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. The council will officially appoint Shiloh Mork as the new police chief with the oath of office to follow.There will be an update and report from Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Brown on current activities with the chamber office.A request from Bill McCormick on the sump pump late fee on a utility bill will be considered. In other matters the Webster City City Council will approve a resolution on the official financial report for city streets, a change order from the Tile Pros for the completion of the contract involving the water distribution system project. A lease agreement with FMO Real Estate, L.L.C.,a subsidary of Fairway Outdoor Advertising in connection with their use of a sign located on city property will be considered by the council. A motion on a request to obtain bids for a brush chipper for the line department will be looked at. Following the council meeting there will be a work session with officials of Fletcher Reinhardt Company on Smart Meters.
• La James Institute facing fraud lawsuit from the state.
The Iowa Attorney General Consumer Protection Division Thursday filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against La' James International College in Fort Dodge alleging the cosmetology school engages in deceptive, omissive and unfair practices. The lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court stated what many students experience is a school with extraordinary turnover of instructors resulting in instructorless' classrooms and inconsistent instruction, lack of access to practice their skills and ultimately an institution that treats them more like free labor than students". La' James operates cosmetology and massage schools and salons in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Fort Dodge,Iowa City and Johnston, and has one location in Illinois and Nebraska. The company is privately owned by Cynthia Becher. The lawsuit seeks a court order barring the defendants from misleading and concealing material information from students, unspecified reimbursement to students and unspecified penalties and costs. There has been no comment by La' James officials on the lawsuit filed Thursday.
• Mork to become Webster City Police Chief.
Webster City officials announced Thursday morning that Sergeant Shiloh Mork has been appointed to the position of Chief of Police. Chief Mork has replaced Brian Hughes who resigned earlier this year as he accepted a law enforcement job in suburban Pittsburgh. Mork will officially assume his duties on September 2. Chief Mork is a second generation police officer beginning his career as a patrolman with the Charles City Police Department in 1999. In 2000, he started with the Webster City Police Department as a Patrolman. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and has held the positions of Patrol Sergeant and Investigator Sergeant. Mork has had various assignments throughout his career. He has served as a Neighborhood Watch Liaison, Reserve Officer Liaison, Field Training Officer Supervisor, Investigator, Fleet Manager and Watch Commander. He has been an Adjunct Instructor for Iowa Central Community College for ten years instructing all aspects of law enforcement. Mork earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology with honors in 1997. He has attended various police related managerial trainings including the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leading by Legacy and Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety of Supervision of Police Personnel. Mork said he is honored to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Webster City. He said he is looking forward to strengthening the bond between the citizens and the police,and leading the men and women of the Webster City Police Department as a premier law enforcement agency.
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• Webster County Crimestoppers receives 500th tip.