The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met electronically in special session on Tuesday, Sept. 28., at 8 a.m.

During the meeting, the board approved the employment of Marc Elcock for the position of criminal justice instructor for the 2021-22 academic year. Elcock will replace Travis Hamilton, who is leaving Southwestern for other employment.

Elcock is an attorney, managing his own law firm, Elcock Law Firm in Osceola. He has served as a judicial magistrate in the Fifth Judicial District in Chariton since 2018. In this position, he presides over initial court appearances, mental health and substance abuse hearings, landlord/tenant issues, and simple misdemeanor criminal cases. He was an adjunct instructor for SWCC from 2016-18. In the early 2000s, he spent three years as a chief of staff for the Iowa Senate leader in the Iowa Legislature.

Lindsay Stoaks, SWCC vice president of instruction, said Elcock stood out as a candidate due to his well-versed professional experiences.

“Marc has a strong academic background in the criminal justice field, and he also possesses a wide variety of practical experience,” said Stoaks. “Due to his broad professional background, he is well-versed in the critical aspects needed to manage and lead a quality criminal justice program. In addition, we are fortunate he also possesses experience as an educator.”

Stoaks said Elcock instructed courses in criminology, ethics, and business law for Southwestern during his time as an adjunct instructor.

Elcock earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from Drake University; a J.D. in law from Drake University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Iowa State University.

Fall semester got underway at SWCC on Aug. 25. Elcock will begin his duties at SWCC on Oct. 4.

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