RCPD director to retire after more than 30 years of service

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MANHATTAN (WIBW)- The Riley County Police Department will be seeking a new director, as Brad Schoen announced his retirement.

Brad Schoen is retiring from the RCPD after 36 years. Photo by RCPD.

Schoen is retiring after 36 years -- he began his career with RCPD as a patrol officer on New Year's Day 1983. He was appointed director of RCPD in 2007.

In a statement, Schoen said “I like the work. I have always liked the work. It was fun. For the first two years that I came to work, I didn’t even take vacation– it was so fun. And here we are now, 36 years later."

Schoen will stay on as RCPD director through the rest of 2018. The police department said they will begin the process of finding a successor immediately.

More details on a hiring deadline, and opportunities for residents to voice their input during the selection process, will be discussed at a Law Board meeting on Feb. 20 at 12 p.m.

According to RCPD, Schoen is the only person to be promoted through the ranks -- from a patrol officer to the director of the department.