Sidney names new Police Chief

Sidney has named a Police Chief from Illinois as their new Police Chief. Byron "B.J." Wilkinson has been Police Chief in Litchfield, Illinois for ten years and has been in law enforcement for over 20 years.

Sidney City Manager Gary Person says Wilkinson was chosen after a three month search and testing process to succeed Mike Brown, who resigned to return to Kansas following illness of some close family members. Person says Wilkinson's experience as a law enforcement officer and a Police Chief were keys to his selection.

Wilkinson manages 24 full-time employees and an operating budget of $1.5 million in Illinois and will operate a Police Department with 14 sworn officers and two civilian employees that has a one million dollar budget in Sidney.

Wilkinson, who worked for the Mills Police Department in Wyoming and has two grown sons in the region, says he is excited to be coming back to the west and be closer to family. Wilkinson plans to begin working in Sidney the last week of July.

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