A new, yet familiar face is roaming the halls at Madison Consolidated High School and local elementary schools.

Jacob McVey, the second resource officer for Madison Consolidated Schools, started his new job Tuesday.

McVey, who worked as a conservation officer in Dearborn County, also serves as a youth minister at his church in Commiskey and coaches T-ball and softball. He enjoys working with children.

"It's my passion. That's our future," he said.

The sheriff's department hired McVey two weeks ago. Since that time, he's been familiarizing himself with the computers and jail work. Since starting in the schools, he's been introducing himself to faculty and students and getting a feel for the schools.

"I think my biggest challenge has been making contacts with counselors and principals here," he said.

In February, the County Council appropriated $10,000 toward the resource officer's salary, coupled with money provided by the schools and a $50,000 grant from the state.

McVey joins Madison Police Department Lt. Dan Slygh as Madison's school resource officers. His duties include serving as a law enforcement officer, informal counselor and guest speaker in classes.

McVey will be stationed in the high school and Deputy and Rykers' Ridge elementary schools. Slygh will cover the junior high school and Lydia Middleton and E.O. Muncie elementary schools.

"My main goal in the elementary (schools) is letting the kids know not to be afraid of me and be a positive role model," McVey said.

McVey grew up in Deputy and went to Deputy Elementary School, later attending Madison Junior High School. He graduated from Southwestern High School in 2007.

He graduated from Oakland City University near Evansville in 2010 with a degree in business administration. After graduation, he worked at Fastenal in Seymour.

After one year, he decided to follow his heart and applied for the Indiana Conservation Police Academy, which was one of the most grueling experiences of his life. He lost 25 pounds during the training, but he officially joined the conservation police in 2012.

McVey wears a "soft uniform," which displays the sheriff's department logo, but isn't a full dress uniform. He said it makes him less intimidating to younger kids and more approachable.

At 25 years old, McVey considers his age to be a benefit for the position. He finds it easier to connect with the kids - especially high schoolers - since he's close to their age. He's already had 15 kids approach him to talk about issues.

"I want to better the school and the community as a whole," McVey said.