Promotion, new hire for Baldwin police
There have been changes at the Baldwin City Police Department with the promotion of an officer an addition of another.
Officer Greg Schiffelbein has been promoted to sergeant and Chad Rine has joined the force, said Police Chief Mike McKenna.
"We've had a promotion at the police department," said McKenna. "We have a new sergeant, effective Saturday. Greg Schiffilbein has been promoted. It's a good thing.
"We are growing the police department and it's good for the community and it's good for the police department. We're on the right track."
Schiffelbein, who began his law enforcement career in 2000 and has been on the Baldwin force since 2004 is looking forward to the new post.
"I'm excited," said Schiffelbein. "I'm ready for the challenge."
Schiffelbein has served as the School Resource Officer since his arrival. McKenna said that won't change for awhile.
"Not presently, it doesn't," McKenna said about the move ending the SRO position. "We will be making some adjustments in the office. But, for now, Greg will continue his interactions with the high school as SRO."
Rine, 26, lives in Lawrence and has been in private security.
"We've got a new face at the police department," he said of Rine. "We're glad to have Chad. I think he'll enhance our department greatly."
Rine came to the area to attend college and play football. He played one year at Ottawa University and a year at the University of Kansas, where he is still attending school. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have a son, Trevor.
Rine was attracted to Baldwin by the size of the town ... and the people.
"I just like the small-town atmosphere," he said. "I look to learn a lot from these guys. I like the people here, too."
Rine will go through training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson in the near future.