New officer brings experience

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Ricci Ostermayer brings not only experience, but a history of law enforcement to the Madisonville Police Department.

He also brings a willing spirit, a helping hand and a desire to listen.

Ostermayer said he was born and raised in Galveston, and both his parents served in the law enforcement field.

"I started my law enforcement career in 1998 and was a patrol corporal for Texas City Police Department," he said. "I worked the Galveston County Sheriff's Office after that, and then I left police work to be a contractor."

After serving 15 years as a police officer, Ostermayer said he did military contracts for bomb dog handling.

"I've known Capt. Richard Morris for many years, and as I was looking to get back into law enforcement, as that's all I know," he said. "I called and asked how Madisonville was. I like the I-45 corridor, and anything north of Houston is fine with me."

Ostermayer said that while he has met many of the goals he set in his law enforcement career, he hopes to be an asset for this department and this area for some time.

"I'm a very outgoing person, and I'm content being out here patrolling," he said. "I like to get out and talk to the business owners, to see what services I or the department can provide. If you listen to them and address their concerns, it's the best way to go about it."

And ending his career here would be OK, he said.

"Madisonville is unique," he said. "It's the smallest place I've been in, but it's pretty and has a lot of history."

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