September 29, 2003

Lodi Police Department hires one Dispatcher and two Officers.


The Lodi Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of two Police Officers and  one Dispatcher.  Katie Madzier and Misty Smith were sworn in as Police Officers by Judge Robert Baysinger on September 29, 2003 in Carnegie Forum.  Dispatcher/Jailer Elizabeth Portscheller was also honored during this ceremony.


Elizabeth Portscheller is best described by those close to her as hardworking, honest, and caring.  These attributes will assist in her duties as a new Dispatcher/Jailer.  Elizabeth was an employee of Beacon gas at Kettleman/Lower Sacramento for twelve years, where she served as manager.  She has two adult sons, one who resides out of state and another who is currently enrolled in the Fire Academy in Columbia. She volunteers her free time as a scorekeeper for the Lodi BOBS.  Elizabeth looks forward to fishing with her husband of 22 years and spending time at home without children.


Katie Madzier is 26 and resides in Lodi.  She was an Explorer with LPD from 1995-1996.  Katie graduated from Lodi High School in 1996 and attended Sacramento State University from 1996-02, obtaining her BS degree.  She attended the Police academy at Delta College in 2003.  Katie has been described as a team player and a selfless hard worker who enjoys helping others.   


Misty Smith graduated from Galt High School and Sacramento City College.  She attended the Delta College Police Academy in 2002.  Misty worked for the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office as an under cover Food Stamp operative at the age of 20. She also won the weaponless self-defense award as top student while in the Academy.  Misty has been described as small, tough, and a hard worker.  She is a fast learner and full of potential.


The Lodi Police Department is pleased to welcome the three of them to the department and looks forward to many quality years of service.