The Waldoboro Police Department welcomed its newest officer when Dwight “D.J.” Jones took the oath of office during a selectmen’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26.
A veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard, Jones has worked as a patrol officer with the Damariscotta Police Department since last summer.
Town Manager Julie Keizer introduced Jones and welcomed him to the department.
Keizer praised Police Chief John Lash for hiring quality officers since becoming chief in October 2018.
“I give all the credit in the world to Chief Lash. Both of his hires are veterans who served our country with great pride and there is a lot to be said about that,” Keizer said.
Lash then welcomed Jones to the force.
“I would like to welcome D.J. We are putting together an awesome team and he is really hardworking and the right person,” Lash said.
“It comes down to who you want showing up when something bad happens, who do you want showing up when people need help, and I would want D.J. showing up,” Lash said.
Jones, originally from Arkansas, moved to Waldoboro in 2014, where he lives with his wife, Amber, and their four children.
Jones worked as a police officer for three years in Arkansas and served in the Coast Guard for four years and the Army for six.