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Head security guard Jacobs steps down over break

January 24, 2014

After four and a half years of being on call to protect our campus, Heather Jacobs resigned as Monmouth College’s Head Security Officer this past December. Students returned from winter break to find that Jacob’s familiar face and friendly personality was absent a part of security.

Her departure was unexpected by students when she explained her reasoning in an e-mail sent over winter break that the job became stressful due to enrolling at Carl Sandburg College as a full time student and being on call 24/7 as the head security officer.

Jacobs describes that it was an honor to serve the Monmouth College community and that is an experience she will never forget.

“The staff and students are for sure the hardest part of me leaving MC. I have prided myself on building a great rapport with the staff and students,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs was a constantly seen around campus talking with students. Whether it was knocking on students’ doors to let them know the music was too loud or chatting with them in the lunch line, she was well known around campus.

“I have had a few run-ins with Heather around campus, but she was always friendly and treated students with respect,” said junior Ian Bennett.

Jacobs is currently being considered for a loss prevention job and an office position job in her hometown of Galesburg. She will also be taking courses at Carl Sandburg College to finish the last year of her Bachelor’s Degree. She hopes to run an animal rescue group that takes animals out of high-kill shelters and train them to be service dogs for veterans.

One of the fondest memories Jacobs says she will take away from her time at MC was the fact that many students knew her by name and could her approach with their problems or if they just wanted to share good news. She feels especially grateful for the training and emergency situations she encountered at MC and believes they developed her as a leader. Jacobs also wants to give a special thanks to Dean Masood for giving her a chance to be a supervisor.
“She was a very good and conscientious leader and did a lot for our students,” said Masood.

Jacobs may not work at MC anymore, but students might be able to catch her at a basketball game as she is an avid fan. She will also be around the different Greek events when possible. If another job at the college opens up that she is qualified for, Jacobs said she would apply for it without hesitation.
The college has hired Monmouth native, Mark Grover, as the new head of security. The rest of the staff will remain the same.

Alistair Ramsay
Contributing Writer

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