Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler (left) introduces new officer Paul Carpenter at a city council meeting Monday — Carpenter’s first day on the job. Carpenter is pictured with his wife, Amy, and their son, Carter, 6. 
Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler (left) introduces new officer Paul Carpenter at a city council meeting Monday — Carpenter’s first day on the job. Carpenter is pictured with his wife, Amy, and their son, Carter, 6. 
March 26, 2013



With two decades of experience in social services Carroll's newest police officer says he has no shortage of patience.

"I don't look at this job as being an authority figure," said Officer Paul Carpenter, 43. "I look at this job as helping people."

Carpenter joined the force Monday and heads to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on April 22. He is expected to graduate from there on Aug. 2. Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler introduced Carpenter to the city council during a regular session Monday evening.

A Le Mars native, Carpenter graduated from the former Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1991. Having lived in Carroll for the past eight years, he worked for the Iowa Department of Human Services for the last 20, most recently managing welfare, food-assistance and Medicaid programs.

Carpenter said he enjoyed the interaction with clients - a dynamic that is not as prevalent in the computer age.

"Our job with the State of Iowa is no longer hands-on," Carpenter said.

He added, "It's time for a change."

Carpenter's wife, Amy, agreed, saying she understands his career move to law enforcement.

"I think it is something he is far more cut out to do than sitting behind a desk," Amy Carpenter said.

For her part, Amy Carpenter works for the state, managing the Court Appointed Advocate program for Carroll and surrounding counties. A native of Lake View, she is a sister of longtime Lake View City Administrator Scott Peterson.

Paul and Amy Carpenter have one son, Carter, 6, a kindergartner in Carroll.