Cave City welcomed a new police chief to the city on Jan. 15 after a decision was made to hire Nate Stephens to fill the position vacated by former chief Aaron Presser, who accepted a position with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department. earlier in the month.
Stephens brings his law enforcement experience back to the city he loves, after working for the Independence County Sheriff's Department since 2002. For nine years, he worked part-time and as a reserve officer for the county.
Originally from Cave City, Stephens attended Cave City Schools through seventh grade. After getting married and having two children, Stephens said he wanted to move back to the area. "Ever since I have been in law enforcement, I have wanted to work here but just never had the chance. The last time the chief position was open, I applied for it and didn't get it." He said he was very happy to be working in such a great community, where his wife, Becky, is a preschool teacher and he can raise his children.
In addition to being in law enforcement, Stephens has also served Cave City since March, 2012 on the fire department.
Stephens said Presser, who is now a Sharp County Criminal Investigator, did a fine job as chief, and there will be no major changes in the police department, other than stepped up patrols.
"I have always liked the small town life, and Cave City is a town I am proud of and a town that I want to keep. I want it to be a place that, when they graduate from college, they want to move back."
Nate began his duties immediately and looks forward to serving the citizens of Cave City.