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Koford is Brownton’s new full-time police officer

Karl Koford stands in front of his police vehicle and the Brownton Area Civic Center before his shift started.

Brownton’s new (and only) full-time police officer, Karl Koford, from Fairfax, comes to town with a voluminous history of service in the field of protection, from 15 years of small-town police departments to the United States Navy.
Koford reached petty officer second class after serving for eight years in the Navy, from 2006 to 2014. Having served two years as a police officer for the City of Hector starting in 2004, his commitment to service drew him to national service.
“I wanted to serve,” Koford said, as he shrugged away a more complex motivation for his transition from small-town cop to the United States Navy, where he was deployed to Kuwait.
But eventually, Koford made his way back to law enforcement: “It’s all I know,” he said.
There’s “something nice about getting to know everybody in a community. I find that valuable,” Koford said about being a small town cop — he grew up in Danube, an even smaller town than Brownton. Now entering year 15 as a police officer, he’s only worked in communities with small populations because it’s the environment Koford grew up in and has worked in for his entire career.

(For the complete story, see the April 3 print edition of The Chronicle.)