As a young man, Gene Boner of Hastings wanted to be a teacher. He went to school to teach music but he developed a hearing problem that prevented him from pursuing that dream.
But eight years ago, he got another opportunity to become an instructor. At the time, Boner had 15 years of experience in law enforcement and was asked to teach an introduction class in criminal justice at Central Community College-Hastings. Now, he brings his jolly personality to college students considering the field of criminal justice.
“It fits back into what I originally wanted to do,” he said. “That keeps me busy.”
Boner, 44, is a captain with the Hastings Police Department. He has spent his entire career at the agency and now hopes to serve as police chief. He is among four candidates vying to fill the vacant position.
It’s the next logical step in his career and he has an interest in the position. He and his wife enjoy Hastings and don’t plan to leave.
“I would like an opportunity in the department to carry on what Chief Thoren has already started,” Boner said. “I’m a big believer of keeping the ship sailing in the right direction,” he said. “I don’t think you should change course just because you can.”