The Webster County sheriff's department grew by one Monday when Derek Christie was sworn in as the department's newest deputy.
Christie was given his oath by 2nd Judicial District Chief Judge Kurt Wilke.
Christie's employment was approved on March 5 by the Webster County Board of Supervisors.
He said he joined the sheriff's department because he's always had an interest in public safety.
"The sheriff's department appealed to me because I've always wanted to be in that line of work," he said.
Christie said he hopes to have a positive impact on Webster County as a deputy.
"I'm looking forward to just being able to be a part of the community," he said. "I really want to build a rapport with all the members of it."
Though he's officially been sworn in as a deputy, Christie won't be patrolling the roads of Webster County immediately.
"Right now I'm going to be riding along with other deputies," he said. "I'm going to be starting the academy soon, and that will probably last most of the summer."
The Iowa Law Enforcement Training Academy, which is located in Johnston, is where law enforcement officers across Iowa go to train. Christie will attend the academy starting in April, and is expected to be done in August.
Christie said he's looking forward to his time as a deputy.
"I'm excited to be a part of the department," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting started on my own."