Fort Dodge is beginning an effort to recruit and hire police officers through a civil service testing process.
The city's Civil Service Commission on Thursday scheduled a Feb. 23 test for anyone interested in becoming an officer.
Police Chief Tim Carmody said the testing and hiring process will take 14 to 16 weeks from the time the test is advertised. That means April would be the earliest an officer could be hired based on the just-approved exam date.
The test results will be considered good for one year.
Newly hired officers who aren't already certified would attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Training Academy in Johnston for 14 weeks.
All new officers will complete a 12-week internal training program at the Police Department.
In December, the Civil Service Commission conducted an exam for police officer candidates who are already certified through the state academy. Three people passed that test.
There are now two vacancies on the 40-member police force.
Civil Service Commission members John Bruner and Stuart Cochrane voted to approve the test date. Commission member Janece Valentine was absent.