Gant starts duties with Madison police
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
Benjamin Gant, a patrol officer with the Madison Police Department, started his official duties Wednesday (today) after spending the first part of this week getting settled into his new job.|
Gant previously served as a deputy with the Davison County Sheriff's Department, having his final day working for Sheriff Steve Brink on April 12.
"I was done with the sheriff's office on Friday and started here in Madison on Monday," Gant said.
He was employed by Davison County for five years, two years as a corrections officer with the Davison County Jail and three as a deputy.
Gant, a Crescent, Iowa, native, said it's always been his goal to work in law enforcement for either a police or sheriff's department.
"That's the way it's been since I was a kid. I always wanted to be a cop," Gant said.
According to Gant, his new position in Madison is his first opportunity to work for a city police department.
After high school, Gant worked as a security officer for Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha. He then moved to Sioux Falls where he was employed with the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
He worked for several years at the state prison in Sioux Falls and then moved back to Nebraska. During Gant's second stint working in Omaha, he was employed by Douglas County Corrections, a jail located in downtown Omaha. After working for a couple of years on staff with the Douglas County corrections facility, Gant decided to move to Mitchell.
Gant currently lives in Mitchell with his wife Jennifer, but they plan to move to Madison by the end of May.