Second full-time policer officer begins duties at Valley Falls
by Clarke Davis
Travis Adams, 36, Ozawkie, is the newest police officer hired to enforce the laws in Valley Falls.
He will be a full-time officer employed to assist Police Chief Josh Pence in a move by city officials to rely less on part-time officers.
Adams is a Lawrence native where he graduated from high school. He is currently working toward a degree in criminal justice through Washburn University.
He had a 13-year career as an auto mechanic and in 2004 began police work as a part-time officer in Perry. He went through the police academy in Lawrence and has worked for Meriden, McLouth, Lawrence, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. He left a full-time officer’s position in Horton to come to Valley Falls.
He also served as a water and waste water technician for the city of Ozawkie from 2008 to 2010.
Travis’s wife, Lori, is an educational consultant for the state Board of Education. He has two children, Shane, 14, and Alexi, 10, who attend Oskaloosa schools.
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