Lutz served 31 years with the agency, beginning in 1978. She is the first female Shawnee Co. Sheriff's deputy to achieve the rank of lieutenant.
Barta recounted being in the Kansas Highway Patrol when Lutz launched her law enforcement career. He says it was a time when not many women were serving in law enforcement. He called Lutz a "pioneer" and said she paved the way for many other women in law enforcement.
Lutz started her assignments in the jail then moved to patrol in 1981. In 1993, she went into the community services area. There, she was among the county's original DARE officers, teaching young people the dangers of drug abuse. Lutz became the agency's public information officer in 2001, a position she continued in a supervisory role through her retirement.
Lutz's daughters, Ashley and Megan, and husband, Mark, joined her for Monday's recognition.