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Newberg resident James Wolfer, an NHS and GFU grad, took over the position Nov. 1

COURTESY PHOTO: SHERWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT - Sherwood Police Officer James Wolfer takes over the new School Resource Officer position with the Sherwood School District.

The Sherwood School District has a new school resource officer and his face may be familiar to local folks.

Sherwood Police Officer James Wolfer, a Newberg native, took the helm at the district on Nov. 1, filling the role following its vacancy in April 2020.

He joined the Sherwood Police Department as a reserve officer in January 2020 and went full-time in December of that year.

He is a graduate of Newberg High School and George Fox University. He received a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.

The district, in a news release, said that prior to his current position with the SPD, Wolfer for two other Oregon police departments, in addition to serving in federal law enforcement in the Coast Guard Reserve, where he has served as a maritime enforcement specialist since 2012.

"I became a police officer to make the world, and my community, a safer place," he said in a release. "I was drawn to the SRO position because I remember the SROs I had in my own high school and the positive impact they had on my life. I'm excited to build positive relationships within the school community with students and staff, and I look forward to the opportunity to keep school a mentally, emotionally and physically safe place for students to learn and thrive."

"We are eager to welcome Officer Wolfer to the Sherwood School District family and I know that the relationships he will build with our students, staff and families will benefit our community as a whole," Sherwood School District superintendent Heather Cordie said.

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