Judy joins Baldwin police
There's a new face on the Baldwin City Police force. Kim Judy joined the department last Thursday.
"I've been here a week," Judy said Tuesday as she was sifting through evidence from a series of car break-ins that occurred overnight Monday. "We're from a town similar in size. This is a very clean town. The people seem real friendly."
Judy and her husband, Brian Judy, moved here from Superior, Neb., where she had been a deputy sheriff in the Republic County Sheriff's Department in Belleville, Kan., just across the state line from Superior. Brian is a service technician at Heritage Tractor. They have three children, almost 7-year-old Kambree, 3-year-old Sterling and 1-year-old Brylee.
So, what brought the 29-year-old Judy to the Baldwin Police Department?
"I went to school with Kristen," she said of Kristen Dymacek, who joined the department in December after three years as a Signal reporter. "We came through here a couple of times visiting her and really liked the area.
"I really liked what the department stood for and I applied," Judy said.
Judy and Dymacek attented the 14-week program at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson. They finished in June.
The Judys are originally from Superior and were attracted to Baldwin for various reasons that weren't available out west.
"There are more businesses than where we came from," she said. "We'd have to drive an hour to do anything."
She was also well aware that Baker University's location in small-town Baldwin City is a big reason for its success.
"I think that's why they have the fast food and the athletic center here," Judy said. "It's a well groomed town."
Police Chief Mike McKenna is happy to have Judy on board.
"We're excited to get Kim," said McKenna. "Kim, as you know, was a sheriff's deputy in Republic County. She came to know about our department through Kristen.
"I'm pleased with the experience and what she can bring to our team in working with sex crimes and child abuse cases," he said. "She will be an important part of our department and we look forward to working with her for a very long time."
The addition of Judy to the department does not bring it back to full force, however. Long-time officer Eric Garcia resigned last Thursday. McKenna did not know if Garcia has another job lined up.
But, McKenna is still looking for candidates for police officers.
"No, we're not," McKenna said of full strength. "In fact, I'm meeting with another applicant today about possible employment. We've had some excellent candidates.
"We've had candidates off much larger departments," he said. "I think that's a very positive thing for both the city and the department."