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LPD restructures, promotes officers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:28


• Leader & Times

There have been a few minor shakeups at the Liberal Police Department, and as a result of those, the need to promote a few of the department’s officers came about. 

The promotions were announced during the most recent meeting of the Liberal City Commission Tuesday evening, with seven officers receiving honors. 

“Due to some restructuring within the department, we were able to create some promotional opportunities,” LPD Chief Al Sill began. “We have quite a list of promotions, and this is probably the first time we’ve promoted this many officers at the same time.”

Officers receiving promotions included Lieutenant Jared Ratzlaff to captain of the community response division and Sergeant Chris Head to lieutenant of the same division. 

“Chris and Jared have both worked really hard on a lot of programs like the meet the cop program we’ve had for several years along with National Night Out, among many others,” Sill said. “In the short amount of time they’ve been to these newly assigned positions, they’ve created another new program where what they decided was to create a mini-classroom for the public and we’ll be starting that off here in the near future and what that will help do is educate the public or the ones who want to attend the classes on what our use of force policy is and some of the legalities behind all of that. This should help bridge that gap between the understanding of what is involved in all that.”

Also promoted to lieutenant was Sergeant Mark West, who Sill said has been in nearly every part of the department; Officers Olson and Hadovanic were promoted to sergeant, and Officers Lai and Nieves were promoted to corporal. After the promotions were announced, Liberal Mayor Joe Denoyer addressed the officers’ families in attendance. 

“Thank you for your commitment to our community because it’s not just the officers who serve,” Denoyer said. “When these men and women go out on a call, it’s you who sit at home and worry whether they will come home or not, and we always pray they will come home. So to the family members of these officers, thank you for your commitment to the city as well.”

Another big item for the commission was a presentation from the Kansas Small Business Development Center by Kansas SBDC State Director Greg Panichello and consultant Michael O’Kane. The presentation shared information about how the program works and how it has been working in the Liberal community. 

“We have 823 hours that were given to 100 clients in our territory in the form of one-on-one advising, which remains confidential,” Panichello said. “What this really is is how to help businesses start growing and ways that can happen. We have three main areas where we help businesses – one is we help increase their sales and profitability, we help them with money and finances and access to capital and then the third one is actually starting businesses and helping them get going.”

Panichello’s presentation gave some more numbers and also talked about some of the services offered, including training classes, finance advice, advising in management and startup and specialty services including export advising, public/private loan application preparation and certified business valuations, among many others. After the presentation came the request for the City of Liberal to continue its support of the SBDC and ultimately, the commission approved the appropriations request in the amount of $12,000, which will come from the Economic Development portion of the 1-cent sales tax.

In other business, the commission also approved Ordinance No. 4493, which prohibits individuals from drilling private water wells within the City, work for Phase 2 of the Mahuron Park improvements (which will include new sand volleyball courts and basketball courts, among other work), and approved repair and paint work for the Tourist Information Center.




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