Riley Co. Law Board names Vermont man new RCPD director

The Riley Co. Law Board acted Monday afternoon to name Brian Peete the new director for the Riley Co. Police Dept. Peete is currently police chief in Montpelier
Published: Oct. 31, 2022 at 1:16 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A police chief in Vermont is coming to Kansas.

The Riley Co. Law Board acted Monday afternoon to name Brian Peete the new director for the Riley Co. Police Dept. Peete is currently police chief in Montpelier, Vermont.

Peete was chosen from 15 applicants overall. From there, the law board named three finalists who met with the public last week.

Chairperson Linda Morse says Peete’s background sets him apart.

“I just think he had an extensive and varied background in a lot of aspects of policing,” says Morse. “He has a masters in policing psychology. He has a lot of history working with neighboring jurisdictions”.

The other two finalists were Josh Kyle, currently with RCPD, and Mark Mathies, the current Police Chief in Edwardsville, Kansas.

“I felt like we had three very quality candidates and the deliberation and the decision was not an easy one to get to this point,” says County Commissioner, John Ford.

13 NEWS spoke with Peete by phone today, he says the move is big but he is ready for the responsibility.

“It’s extraordinarily emotional for me because I really love the men and women that I work with in Vermont and we’ve gone through a lot together, so it’s an extraordinarily bittersweet thing,” says Peete.

“There’s so much that’s going on in Riley County and it’s just, wow! You go from one high-functioning department to another super high-functioning department and there’s definitely pressure on to make sure I continue up the thing the department has been doing right and I will”.

Peete says he’ll make the move to Manhattan with his wife, daughter, and possibly some extended family too.

“For the folks of the Riley County Police Department and for the community, I’m very humbled for the opportunity and I look forward to working for you,” says Peete.

Kurt Moldrup has served as Interim Director since former Director Dennis Butler’s retirement on Jan. 31, 2022.

The Law Board hopes to have a contract ready by December 1st.

They also plan to hold a November 21st meeting at the Ogden Community Center to discuss the contract further.

Chairperson, Morse said they saved $150,000 by advertising the position themselves, instead of hiring a recruiting firm. She also says the position was advertised at $155,000.