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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Sterling Names New Police Chief

August 2, 2017                 

Sterling, Kans.—

The City of Sterling has selected Derrick Ploutz as its new Chief of Police. His first day with the department will be September 1st.

Mr. Ploutz is currently the Haskell County Undersheriff. Mr. Ploutz, was selected from a field of ten applicants. The City advertised the position with the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police and the Kansas Peace Officers Association. The process included a public forum for citizens to express their desires in a new police chief, written essay responses by the final candidates, review by outside law enforcement personnel in Kansas and interviews. Out of four exceptional candidates, Mr. Ploutz emerged as the most qualified candidate. Mr. Ploutz replaces former Police Chief Mary Kendrick who recently retired.

City of Sterling City Manager, Taggart Wall said, “Derrick’s background in community policing—particularly his involvement in schools and his commitment to professional policing is obvious. Mr. Ploutz has the experience serving in a variety of roles both on the patrol side and the administrative side.”

“Derrick’s values and ethics are something that he can be proud of. Our community and department can be proud to have solicited the caliber of candidates such as Derrick. I am excited to welcome his family to our Sterling Police Department and community,” said Wall.

 Mr. Ploutz’s background includes 15 years of progressively responsible public safety roles. He has experience in emergency response management, K-9 handling, school resource officer, and as an outside agency active shooter trainer. Mr. Ploutz’s law enforcement career began in 2001 in Haskell County. Between 1999 and 2001 he worked as a detention deputy in Thomas County. Mr. Ploutz holds an associates in Criminal Justice from Colby Community College.

In the community, he is known as someone who works well with the public and is actively involved in church activities and youth athletics. Mr. Ploutz is described as a “doer”, someone who has high expectations for officers under his control, is highly respected in the community and is well respected in the Kansas law enforcement community. Mr. Ploutz is currently appointed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt as the law enforcement representative on the Kansas Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee.  

“I am excited to join a department with a solid reputation like Sterling’s. Sterling has a quality of life that we want to be part of and help grow. I look forward to building our partnerships in the community and serving the citizens in Sterling,” said Ploutz.

Ploutz and his wife, Jessica, have a connection to Sterling.  The couple met at the Sterling Invitational Tournament. Mr. Ploutz is a native of Ellsworth and his wife is a native of Little River. The Ploutz family has two children Nolan (10) and Kevin (9).

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