Maybe you saw a new face on patrol lately, maybe you haven’t. If you did, that new face is Elliott Waterbury, who came on board with the Sleepy Eye Police Department in May.

Maybe you saw a new face on patrol lately, maybe you haven’t. If you did, that new face is Elliott Waterbury, who came on board with the Sleepy Eye Police Department in May.

Waterbury is a 2005 graduate of Fairmont High School. After taking some time in the work force, Waterbury enrolled in Minnesota State University, Mankato for law enforcement, graduating in 2014.

After graduation, Waterbury got a job in Bismark, N.D. After six months of working so far from home, he got a position as a security officer at Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming, Minn. and then got an opportunity as a jailer in Blue Earth County. “I always wanted to come back to Minnesota,” Waterbury said. “This is home.”

The position with the Sleepy Eye Police Department was the logical next step in his law enforcement career. Waterbury immediately fit in with his new co-workers. “From day one, until now, they have been helpful teaching me the ropes and how to be effective here,” said Waterbury. “The guys are awesome.”

“The biggest transition was the size of the town,” said Waterbury, “Bismark is big and even Fairmont is a bit bigger than Sleepy Eye. This is perfect.”

As with many men and women who work in public service positions, Waterbury’s decision was fueled by a desire to help people. “I know it sounds cliche, but that really is why,” Waterbury said. At an early age he was interested in being a police officer, having grown up in a law enforcement environment. “My father, James Waterbury, was briefly an officer in Crystal, and growing up, I had a neighbor who was a cop,” Waterbury said. “The mother of a friend worked as a dispatcher and I would always ask her questions about her job and her day.”

After several weeks commuting to work, Waterbury is now a resident of Sleepy Eye. “I was commuting from Mankato for a while,” said Waterbury. “It’s nice to have a place here.”

If you see Officer Waterbury out on patrol, give him a big Sleepy Eye welcome.