By Dan Whitney
The Cherokee Police Department has hired two new officers who began their new duties on January 15th, and the two have a lot in common.
Joe Daum and Will Murray both bring small-town Midwestern values to their jobs, and both came to Cherokee because of those values, including the importance of family.
Daum is a native of Marcus, graduating from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in 1998. His brother Jason Daum lives in Cherokee and his wife Misty's parents, Ralph and Diane Watts, live north of Aurelia.
Daum returns to Cherokee County after eight years, during which time he attendied classes at both Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City and Colorado Tech, receiving an AA degree in Criminal Justice from the latter; worked in Corrections at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office in Sioux Falls; and served in the Active Army Reserves, where he was with the Military Police Corps. He also married Misty, and they have a two-year-old daughter, Allison.
Will Murray is from Watertown, Minn., 45 minutes west of Minneapolis , and graduated from Mayer High School there in 1993. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, college of Natural Resources, and an Associate degree from Inver Hills Community College. He also attended the Center for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement (police academy) in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Officer Murray worked with the Mound, Minnesota police department from 2001 until he took the Cherokee job. His wife, Deborah, is a veterinarian, and has been employed at the Marcus and Remsen Veterinary Clinic since May.