By Sara Jukes
Daniel Leek, 23, of North East, was sworn in as the newest police officer at the Corry Police Department. Leek was hired as a part-time patrolman.
Leek has previous experience working at Mercyhurst North East as a patrolman.
Corry Mayor Dave Mitchell stood with Leek in front of Corry Police Department, 20 E. South St., to administer the oath of office on Tuesday.
Mitchell said he is happy to have Leek on board after a long period of interviews.
Leek said he chose to apply for work in Corry because he has a lot of family here, including his uncle, John Hasbrouck, who is a firefighter at Corry Fire Department.
While growing up, Leek’s family moved around a lot, but he did attend an elementary school in Corry. He went to Concord Elementary.
Family members, including Leek’s mother, Stephanie, were in attendance to see him sworn in as an officer. She said she is very proud of him.
“I’m really excited for him,” Stephanie said. “He had a goal and worked towards it.”
Four or five years ago, Leek changed professional direction from training to run pro-golf courses to police. He said he liked playing golf but didn’t like the business aspect of running a golf course.
Leek is the first of two part-time officers that were approved for hire at a recent Corry City Council meeting.
The second part-time patrolman will be sworn in at a future date.
The department has been short staffed since three city police officers resigned in March. The new hire brings the number of city police officers to nine.
Corry Police Chief Rich Shopene said he believes having Leek will be good for the department.
“I’m very excited to get another officer to fill in and take the burden off of the other officers, especially with the additional needs caused by COVID-19,” Shopene said.
Following the resignations, the remaining officers had to work 24/7 straight shifts, two officers per shift, with no days off.
Mitchell said he is very happy with the three candidates the police department offered employment to, which includes the recent hire of full-time officer Ryan Bell, who took the oath of office on May 12.
Working part time, Leek will be working no more than 30 hours a week, Shopene said.
Contributed by Libby Rosequist