Chief of Police Karl Jegeris announces departure from RCPD

RAPID CITY, S.D. – After more than 24 years of service to the citizens of Raid City, Chief Karl Jegeris has announced his intent to depart his leadership position at the Rapid City Police Department. He will be leaving to join the Children’s Home Society (CHS) of South Dakota as their Director of Collaborative Excellence.

Director of Collaborative Excellence is a new position for CHS that will provide leadership and guidance in the areas of strategy, program development, and enhanced client outcomes.

Providing support to operational leadership in the development and execution of strategy will be one of Jegeris’ main priorities. He will also work closely with program leaders to increase organizational efficiency and continuously improve program outcomes.

Chief Jegeris joined the Rapid City Police Department in 1995. His career path through the agency has seen him hold the positions of School Liaison Officer, Juvenile Detective, Juvenile Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Captain, and Assistant Chief of Police. In June of 2014, he was appointed as Rapid City’s Chief of Police.

“For a quarter century, Karl Jegeris has served the people of Rapid City well with a sense of calm, compassion and community,” says Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender. “He brought those same qualities and strong work ethic with him to leadership roles as well, first as my Assistant Chief in 2012 and then guiding the department as Chief of Police. He has built upon the department’s sense of community, continued to expand bridges and relationships with the citizens of Rapid City, and taken the department and its personnel to new heights. These accomplishments make him well-suited to step into the next chapter of his life. This announcement is bittersweet for the City of Rapid City, but we are glad his skill set will be used to positively impact the lives of some of our youngest residents, who are greatly in need of mentors like Karl. I am honored to have served with him these past 25 years, I thank him for his years of dedicated service, and I wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Jegeris will depart his role as Chief of Police on June 26th, 2020. It is expected that Mayor Allender will announce an interim Chief of Police prior to Chief Jegeris’ departure.

“I am extremely thankful to have been able to go to work for the citizens of Rapid City for nearly a quarter of a century,” says Chief Jegeris. “While I will miss working alongside the dedicated staff of an excellent law enforcement agency, I can say with the utmost confidence that this department and the people that call this city home are in good hands with the current leaders of the RCPD. I look forward to a position in which I can continue to advocate for children and families in South Dakota.”

Jegeris has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Executive Leadership where his studies focused on advanced leadership skills, budgeting, planning and leading organizational change, human resource management, and research analysis. He has served on many boards and has received accolades through his career including being the 2015 recipient of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce “Wind Beneath our Wings” Outstanding Performance Award, recognizing unselfish and noble actions.

He was also named “Outstanding Public Servant” by Western Dakota Technical Institute in 2018.

“The trauma-informed services CHS provides are critical to restore safety and hope to so many special children, women, and families throughout South Dakota,” said Jegeris. “I am excited to be joining such a compassionate and tenacious team, and look forward to continuing serving others through this position.”

Jegeris will office primarily at the CHS campus in the Black Hills, and he will be regularly serving at the Sioux Falls locations as well.

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