Growing up, Delton Hoyt didn't necessarily see himself as a police officer, but when he entered college and began taking classes, things began to click for him.

"It's always seemed like the path that was right for me," Elmwood Chief Officer Hoyt said. "Every day that I was there, it felt more and more like, this is what I'm supposed to do."

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Hoyt was hired in July to become the sole police officer in the village of just under 900 citizens after his predecessor, Michael Shaffer, resigned in February.

Hoyt grew up seven miles away from Elmwood in Weston, but Hoyt said he's familiar with the area and visited when he was younger. His wife and father are also from Elmwood.

With four months in Elmwood under his belt, Hoyt said he's been enjoying his time in the community.

"Small towns, it's a little bit more relaxed, you know people," Hoyt said. "It's a more friendly atmosphere...I like small towns."

Hoyt admits he saw himself in more of a team setting in law enforcement, but said he looks at the village employees as his team instead.

"The challenge I have mostly is being a police officer and administrator," Hoyt said.

Hoyt was an officer for a year-and-a-half total at his previous positions in Stanley and Fountain City. He said he didn't necessarily have to deal with the administration duties and has had to choose between being out patrolling versus the other side of his job.

Hoyt has made it a priority, though, to be out in the community, trying to meet as many Elmwood citizens as possible and said he's keeping a close eye on speeding concerns.

As far as those concerns go, Hoyt said the small town atmosphere may have contributed to an overreaction about those issues.

"One thing about small towns, that I've discovered, is they can stir up a lot of drama," Hoyt said. "And a lot of the times, that's what it ends up being, a bluster."

Since beginning in July, Hoyt said he's been doing his own study, watching vehicles to see which have been speeding at various degrees. Hoyt said since he began, that Elmwood has a "less than 1 percent" major speeding issue in the times he's observed.

Ultimately, Hoyt wants people in the community to know that he's approachable and excited to get know as many people as possible.

"I want to be the friendly guy that people can come talk to," Hoyt said. "I don't want to be the mean, aggressive guy."