As the late, great Chuck Shramek would say.
Talked to my friend "Walker" from that department out west of town. The good news is...was...that they were holding a position open for me when I gradiduated from the academy. The bad...the county commissioner took away the funding for it after the county budget was approved.
I take it as a good sign. It signals that there are people in the profession that are taking a vested interest in my career and going out of their way to help. Makes me warm and fuzzy inside thinking about it. There's rumor that a position there may soon come open due to turnover, so I just need to be patient a minute or two longer.