MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Muscatine County Sheriff’s department recently welcomed Jose Pimentel as their newest deputy. A Muscatine native, Pimentel looks forward to assisting the community he grew up in.
Looking back, Pimentel shared, “I always had an interest in law enforcement.” Pimentel started exploring his interest by doing ride alongs with the Muscatine Police Department. “It was a good experience,” he recalls.
After graduating from Muscatine High School, Pimentel studied Criminal Justice at Muscatine Community College, earning his associate’s degree in 2015. He also worked as a security guard at UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital, giving him real world practice and experience. Once Pimentel completed his associate’s degree, he transferred to the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and psychology.
Following graduation, Pimentel began looking for law enforcement agencies with openings and discovered that the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department had a job suited to him. “I was looking online and I was looking for any department that was hiring, and fortunately, Muscatine was,” he explained.
While Pimentel cannot learn all the responsibilities of a Sheriff’s Deputy yet due to social distancing requirements, he has begun familiarizing himself with all the roads in Muscatine County, helping him respond to calls anywhere with ease. When the COVID-19 pandemic abates, he anticipates getting to meet more people and directly assist community members. “What I’m looking forward to most is helping my community more,” Pimentel emphasized, adding he also anticipates, “getting to use information I learned in my criminology classes at UNI and in my psych classes,” to do his work effectively.
As Pimentel embarks on his career with the Musctine County Sheriff’s department, he feels grateful to give back to his home town. “I was fortunate I didn’t have to worry about moving to a new community,” he said.