Le Mars PD adds new officer to force

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte welcomes Office CJ Singer to the Le Mars Police Department.

LE MARS — The Le Mars Police Department started the new year with a new officer and two promotions.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte conducted a swearing in ceremony for CJ Singer.

Singer has been a Cherokee County Deputy for the last year and brings five years of service to the Le Mars Department.

Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte congratulates Jeff Kramer on his promotion to sergeant. Kramer has been with the department since 2001.

“Officer Singer has been in law enforcement since 2016 when he began his duties as a Cherokee Police Officer,” Vande Vegte said. “He has also worked for the Cherokee County Sheriff Department before accepting his new role as a Le Mars Police Officer.”

Singer is a Le Mars native and is excited about working in the community that he calls home. His father, Rick Singer, is the Plymouth County Chief Deputy.

Vande Vegte said, “CJ has training in tactical operations and currently serves as the CERT team’s tactical medic. He is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and a U.S. Army Reservist.”

(Photos Contributed) Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte congratulates John Kaskie on his promotion to sergeant. Kaskie has been with the police department since 2011.

Singer fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Sgt. Lenny Flack, who dedicated the last 27 years to the City of Le Mars Police Department.

The Le Mars Police Department has a minimum staffing level of 15 full time officers.  “With the hiring of Singer we are at full staff,” Vande Vegte said.

He also conducted a promotion ceremony for Jeff Kramer and John Kaskie to the position of sergeant on the force. The promotion to sergeant will involve supervision of shifts and department operational assignments.

Kramer has served with the Le Mars Police Department since 2001 and Kaskie since 2011.

Both men bring specialized training skills to the department.

“Sgt. Kramer has extensive training and experience in tactical operations and is currently a team leader on the joint agency CERT team. He is an EMT and a team leader for the joint Le Mars Police Department and Plymouth County Crime Scene team,” Vande Vegte said.

“Sgt. Kaskie is a firearms instructor, crime scene technician and Technical Accident Investigator. He will be supervising the Field Training of all new Le Mars police officers,” he continued.

Both Kramer and Kaskie are excited for their new role on the department. 

“Each of them brings new ideas and energy to the position. They will be assigned additional roles on the department to help with administrative tasks as well as supervision of shifts,” Vande Vegte said. “Both of them will play an important role in shaping the Le Mars Police Department for decades to come.”

He congratulated Sgt. Kramer and Sgt. Kaskie for their dedication and leadership to the department.

“I am excited about the changes to the department and think each of the new sergeants and Officer Singer will be an asset to the community. They each are interested in community outreach and will be involved in our Cops and Community Programs,” Vande Vegte noted.

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