The newest member of the Brookings Police Department brings six years of experience to the force.

Clint Crane, 35, was hired to fill an open slot with the department last Friday. His first official day on the job was Monday, according to Chief Chris Wallace.

An eight-year veteran of the Marine Corps, Crane, his wife of two months, Nicole, and his 14-year-old daughter, Samantha, moved to Brookings from Cottonwood, Calif., where he has worked as a ranch hand for the past year-and-a-half.

I took some time off from law enforcement to deal with some family stuff, he said Monday. This is my chosen career.

I had a hard time the past year-and-a-half not being in it. Im a public servant kind of guy. I really enjoy the work a lot.

From 1984-92, Crane served in the Marines as a drill instructor, and in the infantry and field communications.

Upon leaving the Corps, Crane tried out with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He spent about a year on the Argos development squad as a quarterback.

In 1993, Crane moved to Maui, Hawaii, to spend time with his family and hang out on the beach. In late 1993, he entered the Maui Police Academy and joined the Maui Police Department in early 1994 after graduating. He transferred to the Washington County (Ore.) Sheriffs Department in 1997, where he served for two years.

During his six years in law enforcement, Crane has been a member of a SWAT team, involved in the DARE program, is a certified field training officer, and has taken advanced field sobriety training.

He is no stranger to the South Oregon Coast, having grown up in Humboldt County, Calif.

I liked the coast, he said. I wanted to live on the coast again, and this (job) gave me and my family that opportunity.

Brookings is a great place to live, Ive been here before. It will be a great place to raise a family.

Another thing that attracted Crane to the Brookings Police Department was its reputation.

This is a good department to work for, he said. Ive heard good things about the department.

Ive done my own investigation (on the department) while they were checking me out.

Lt. John Bishop said Crane will start out as a Patrol Officer II because he is already a graduate of (a police) academy and Oregon certified.

Hell work a couple of weeks with other officers, Bishop said. Once we feel hes got our program down well cut him loose.

Its a bonus to get a certified person. It saves a lot of taxpayer money since he wont have to attend a 16-week school, where we have to pay a salary without the benefit of having the officer on staff.

It takes about nine months normally to get someone trained and on patrol by themselves. With Clint well benefit from having him out there much sooner. Hes a real benefit for the citys taxpayers.

Bishop added, We feel Clint will be a good addition to the department, he said. His beliefs and ethics line up with those of Chief Wallace and myself, and with the department.

We will use his ability as a field training officer. Its an excellent training program, intense. There are only a few I know of who have completed the training to serve as a field training officer.

We are looking forward to having him being here for a long time.