A Woman In Blue- Warsaw’s Newest Female Police Officer

Joyce Coates
County Reporter
“There really was a lot to take in,” Officer Chasady Botteron said about her first day of duty with the Warsaw City Police. “I was shown so many things during that first day, I asked myself, what have I gotten into?”
Yet, after only about two months, Botteron seems to have found her niche. Chief Jason Wenberg said “Botteron was the best qualified of the two candidates we interviewed in late January,” and since joining the department on February 26, “she is doing very well.”
Botteron is Warsaw’s first female police officer since Nikki Ehlers vacated the position. The same Jason Wenberg, now the chief of police, filled that vacancy when he joined the department 12 years ago. Ehlers became a deputy sheriff and is currently the court bailiff.
Uniforms are customized for each officer; they use the men’s and women’s public restrooms, so no additional or special gender-based accommodations have been necessary. The rapport among all the officers is good. 
Botteron grew up and went to elementary and high school in Windsor.  She attended State Fair College in Sedalia, then transferred to University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg.  Unsure about a career choice at the time, she took some criminal justice courses at UCM before deciding to enroll in the police academy earning 15 elective credit hours two years ago. 
She worked two years at the Henry County jail, and originally wanted to find a position there, but none were available. Checking online for other opportunities, she was surprised to learn about openings in Warsaw. Botteron said she did not expect a reply, but applied anyway because she hoped to be able to work in a small town that was nearby;  like the one where she had grown up.
Police academy training was top notch, she said.  They taught the basics, with insight into real-life situations police officers face. Even so, Botteron said, “It was a new world when I was on the job.  It is a new learning curve when facing things a person wouldn’t know until actually involved in a situation.”
“People in Warsaw have been very welcoming to me,” she said. “Many people say ‘thank you’ for the work we’re doing. And although we don’t work for the thanks, it really is appreciated.  Building good relationships is important, especially so people do not hesitate to call when they need us.”
Officer Botteron is the single mother of three: 13-year old and 4-year old sons and a 6-year old daughter. Her mother helps with childcare.  As for her career choice – both of her parents support her wholeheartedly; they are proud of her and happy that she is pursuing her dream, she said, although they are understandably concerned about her personal safety. 
Two of her children say they want to be police officers, she said. “Sometimes they complain about my long hours, but so far they are adapting well.”
On her days off, Botteron enjoys swimming, and when she can spends hours fishing, doing things with her family and friends, which is her priority.  As another way to take her mind off work, she likes to spend time in her garden, growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. 
Botteron said everyone in the department has been very helpful, but she knows she still has a lot to learn. “I wanted to find a department where I could learn and grow, in a good place for my family. I believe I have found that place, and I hope to stay with the Warsaw Police Department for many more years.”