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By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

The Perkins County Sheriff’s Office will have a new chief deputy serving the communities of the county effective Oct. 1. 

According to Perkins County Sheriff Jim Brueggeman, this change is coming about by the resignation of Rick Dreiling. 

Promoted to chief deputy for the department is Sergeant Kip Bradley, who has been with the county’s law enforcement office for three years. 

Bradley previously worked as a road patrol deputy, the office’s evidence custodian, and as sheriff’s sergeant. 

“Kip has established a good rapport with people in Perkins County as well as with our law enforcement and communication staff,” said Sheriff Brueggeman. “I believe Kip will do well in the chief deputy sheriff position already having shown his desire to work hard and carry out the policy, procedure and law enforcement mission of the office.”

Bradley will assist in overseeing operation of the law enforcement division of the office in addition to having added responsibilities for certain administrative aspects of the office.

Dreiling resigned his law enforcement position effective Sept. 24.  Dreiling had re-joined the office in September 2009 following a two-year sabbatical when he worked outside law enforcement in the private sector with Regier Land Improvement.  

“Dreiling cited personal reasons for his resignation and indicated he plans on returning to work in the private sector,” said Sheriff Brueggeman. “I want to thank Rick for again serving as chief deputy sheriff the past year and wish him the best as he returns to the private sector where he desires to be working.”

Sheriff Brueggeman explained that Deputy Kris Larson, who has been with the office for the past year-and-a-half serving as road patrol deputy and firearms instructor, will fill the sergeant position vacated by the promotion of Bradley and will have responsibility in supervising the deputies assigned the afternoon and night shifts.

“Larson is no stranger to filling the role of sergeant, having previously done so while serving in the United States Marines,” said Sheriff Brueggeman. 

“I look forward to having Kris in the sergeant position and have every confidence in Kris’ ability to supervise the deputies to insure our citizens are receiving the services they expect and deserve from the office.”

Brueggeman said newly-promoted Bradley will attend management training and Larson will have  supervision training at courses mandated by state regulation and offered by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island. 

Bradley is single and lives in Grant, while Larson is married and lives with his wife Stephanie and son Brayden east of Grant.

Also serving Perkins County is Blake Smidt who joined the force in August.