On Friday, Feb. 1, Casey Held was sworn in as the newest police officer for the city of Hines.
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Casey Held to attend training in Salem
by Randy Parks
Held grew up in Pullman, Wash., and graduated from Pullman High School in 2002. After high school, Held attended Walla Walla Community College, graduating in 2004, and then went to Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, graduating in 2008. Along with his studies, Held played baseball at both colleges.
In 2008, while living in La Grande, Held joined the Union County Sheriff’s Office reserve program.
Held said for the next several years, he moved from job to job, including working in a group home, a mental health unit and as a case manager for developmental disabilities. “I knew I wanted to be a policeman since high school, but I put that dream on hold for a while,” Held said.
Three years ago, Held married 2004 Burns High School graduate Hollie Thomas, and they were hoping for an opportunity to move closer to family. “Then Hollie’s family saw in the paper that there was an opening in Hines for a police officer, let us know, and I applied,” Held said.
The Helds have two children, Corban, 2, and Paisley, 6 months.
Held will travel to Salem in the next few weeks to attend a 16-week course from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
When asked about his new position, Held said, “I’m doing what I love, in an area that I’m still getting to know, and we’re close to family. Our goal was to get close to the family, and we’re here, so I don’t see us moving on any time soon.”