Tekamah Police Department will soon be welcoming a new police officer into their ranks. John Paul Sparks, a Decatur native, will be joining the force. His addition was approved March 21 by Tekamah City Council.

“I think he will be a good fit,” Tekamah Police Chief Dan Jacobs said. “I worked with him when I was at the Oakland Police Department.”

Currently living in Bancroft, Sparks has worked in law enforcement off and on since 2009. He has held positions at a variety of different locations over the years, including Oakland, Decatur, Bancroft, and even working casino security with the Tribal Police on the nearby reservation. Most recently, he worked as a guard at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant. But it wasn’t the same as being a cop.

“I went there because the money was a little better, but I truly missed law enforcement,” Sparks said.

The job opening at the Tekamah Police Department presented itself as a wonderful opportunity.

“I am very happy to be back working as a police officer,” he said.

John isn’t the only member of the Sparks family who works in law enforcement. His brother, Robbie Sparks, is the chief deputy of the Burt County Sheriff’s Department. However, there’s no sibling rivalry to be had.

“It is nothing new,” John Sparks said with a chuckle. “We have worked closely with each other ever since I started my career. I’m excited for it.”

Once officially vetted and sworn in, Sparks will be working the night shift, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.