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Posted on: September 17, 2018

New Police Chief Announced - Jeffrey Hooper

Jeffrey Hooper


Hutchinson City Manager,  John Deardoff,  announced today that after an extensive search process Jeffrey Hooper has been selected to become the next Hutchinson Police Chief.

Hooper will begin duties as the Hutchinson Police Chief on October 22, 2018, replacing Police Chief Dick Heitschmidt who will be retiring on September 17, 2018 after 26 years as the Hutchinson Police Chief.

Hooper has served the Riley County Police Department (RCPD) for the past 27 years and is currently a Captain, a position he has had for the last 14 years. He has also served RCPD as a Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Hooper has B.S. in Sociology/Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the F.B.I National Academy.

Deardoff believes Hooper’s educational accomplishments, leadership abilities and broad law enforcement experience make him a perfect fit for the Hutchinson Police Department. “I am really excited about the energy and professionalism Jeff will bring to our Department and look forward to working with him.”

Hooper comments, “I am extremely honored for the opportunity to serve the City of Hutchinson as it’s next Chief of Police. I have been humbled by commitment shown by the City Staff, members of the public and the men and women of the Hutchinson Police Department during the selection process. I am very excited to join the Hutchinson community and make it my home.”

Contact: John Deardoff 620-694-2661 or Jeff Hooper 785-341-7488

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