McAllister hired as part-time court officer

The newest part-time court officer at the Marshall County Courthouse will be familiar to area residents.

It’s former Marshalltown Police Chief Jack McAllister who is joining the staff of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

McAllister spent 31 years on the police force, with the last three as chief before retiring in 2011. The rural Marshalltown resident said he looks forward to working with people without the responsibility of being a supervisor.

“You always have that itch to get back into it,” McAllister said.

Marshall County Sheriff Ted Kamatchus said he went to law enforcement academy with McAllister and the two have been friends since 1980. He approached McAllister with the idea of working as a court officer when the position came open.

Kamatchus said McAllister’s knowledge of law enforcement, the courts and the area will benefit the county as will his extensive training.

“It’s a huge plus for us,” Kamatchus said of adding McAllister to the staff.

McAllister’s duties will be to monitor the courthouse activities and the grounds and be an armed presence in the facility. He’ll also serve as a reserve officer, riding with deputies one to two times a month, which he said he is really looking forward to.

McAllister will work 16 to 24 hours a week and begins on the job with training Wednesday.

His hiring is pending approval by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.