New chief sworn in for Hastings Police Department
HASTINGS; Neb. —
The city of Hastings has sworn in its new police chief.
Adam Story is being promoted after 10 years as a Hastings police captain, replacing the retiring Chief Pete Kortum.
In front of a full crowd, Adam Story stood at the podium expressing his gratitude for the support, but for him, the most important thing is the community of Hastings.
"It's something that's important to me to continue to build the relationships that our agency has with the community. Some of that through, you know, being a little bit more transparent and some of the goals that we will be working on,” Story said.
Former chief Pete Kortum said during the ceremony that Story is the perfect fit.
"He's got temperament, he’s smart and knows the cop stuff. He’s a dedicated public servant. He knows why we’re here to serve the public, he understands that. When he makes his decisions, whatever he’s confronted with, he just knows he tries to do the right thing and I just don't think people could ask for more in a police chief,” Kortum said.
Story has been a captain for the last 10 years and joined the Hastings Police Department in 1998.
He said all of the support he's gotten since he's been with the department has been overwhelming.
"This event started off as a family and friends and department event, which you can see wasn't enough room for everybody to get in here. So that was exciting that there was a great turnout supporting our police department,” Story said.
"We've got a great staff here, a lot of fine officers and he’s got a lot to work with here,” Kortum said.
Mayor Corey Stutte also attended Wednesday evening’s ceremony and agrees that Story is the perfect fit.
For Kortum, he will be moving out of state to spend time with family members, and most importantly, his grand kids.