A couple of soldiers from Fort Leavenworth have started reporting to work for the city of Leavenworth.

A couple of soldiers from Fort Leavenworth have started reporting to work for the city of Leavenworth.

The soldiers, Spcs. Ben Cobble and Hayden Erickson, are participating as interns in the Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship program, which is designed to provide them with experience as they transition back into civilian life.

Cobble, who will leave the Army in July, is interning with the city's Human Resources Department.

Erickson, who will leave the Army in June, is interning with the Leavenworth Police Department.

"I've always wanted to be a police officer," Erickson said.

Cobble and Erickson are the first two people to intern with the city as part of the fellowship program.

City Manager Paul Kramer said the city government was approached in November about participating in the program, which is sponsored by the International City & County Management Association and Engaging Local Government Leaders.

A website for the fellowship program indicates two other cities near Fort Leavenworth are participating in the program. Those cities are Overland Park and Parkville, Missouri.

Kramer believes the city of Leavenworth benefits from its participation by receiving free help from soldiers who are trained, educated and disciplined. Kramer said the program also will strengthen the city's partnership with Fort Leavenworth and the military.

Cobble has completed his second week interning with the Human Resources Department.

Erickson has completed his first week with the Leavenworth Police Department.

Police Chief Pat Kitchens said Erickson will have the opportunity to apply for a position with the Leavenworth Police Department.

"We will allow him to progress through our hiring process at the same time he's here on the fellowship," Kitchens said.

Kitchens said military veterans make up a core group of people who apply for jobs with the Police Department.

"There is a difference between someone that's been in the military and someone that hasn't," he said.

Kitchens said veterans have a lot of good training and skills as well as life experience.

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