Kevin Spencer named as Scottsbluff Police Chief

Mayor Randy Meininger (right) shakes hands with Police Chief Kevin Spencer (left)

Following the recommendations of City Manager Rick Kuckkahn and the Civil Service Commission, the Scottsbluff City Council Monday evening approved Kevin Spencer as the City's new Police Chief. He will begin his duties immediately.

Spencer told KNEB News he is honored and excited to have the new title. He said he is looking forward to continuing the community oriented policing efforts they have already been focusing on. Both Spencer and the City Council praised Captain Brian Wasson, who has currently been acting as Chief for the great job he has done in the interim position.

Spencer says fostering a better relationship with the public is key. He has previously indicated his plans include forming a Citizens Police Academy, begin an alcohol education class for freshman and sophomores in high school, request a second resource officer in the schools and reinstate something similar to the Dare and Great programs in the elementary school.

Spencer has said he would also like to begin a "Team Approach" in the staffing of his officers and would equalize the responsibility distribution for his two captains. Spencer will likely be calling a meeting with department staff to outline his goals and philosophies and do more with the city council to promote and educate them about the department. Spencer has 11 years supervisory experience in law enforcement, including four months as Acting Police Chief.

Following the appointment of Spencer as Police Chief, the City Council ordered that all of the information regarding the recent efforts to consolidate the Scottsbluff Police Department with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office be turned over to Spencer. He will then compile and place all of the information into a book, to be categorized for future citizen review in the event there is a future consolidation push within the community.

Spencer told KNEB news after the meeting that he did feel putting the information from the consolidation effort into his hands was an affirmation that the Council is content and comfortable with their decision to hire him as Chief of Police.

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