Don Hedrick appointed as interim Rapid City police chief

Hedrick brings 18 years law enforcement experience to interim post

Assistant Chief Of Police Don Hedrick Sized

RAPID CITY, SD–Mayor Steve Allender has appointed Don Hedrick as interim police chief of the Rapid City Police Department.

Hedrick, a native of Lakefield, MN, is currently service as assistant chief of police, and steps in as interim chief for Karl Jegeris, who announced his retirement last month as police chief and is effective as of Friday, June 26.

Jegeris had served with the Rapid City Police Department since 1995.

“It is an honor to serve the citizens of Rapid City as a member of the Rapid City Police Department,” said Hedrick. “I am humbled to be in a position to keep the RCPD moving forward and oversee the compassionate work our officers do in the community each and every day. I am excited to carry this torch alongside such a dedicated and committed leadership team in order to serve the Rapid City community.”

Mayor Steve Allender shared sentiments on the occasion of Jegeris’ retirement and the selection of Hedrick as interim police chief.

“Rapid City and its citizens have been served well by the sense of community, compassion and calm leadership style of Karl Jegeris during his quarter century of work with the Rapid City Police Department,” said Allender. “I am honored to have served with him for years in law enforcement and I have been pleased with the direction he has guided the department in as chief.

Mayor Allender expects the selection process for a new police chief to be completed in August, anticipates an internal selection from within Rapid City’s police department, and indicates the process will include a review of applicants and interviews by a panel of citizens and community leaders.

Hedrick began his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Rapid City Police Department, serving as detective, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, special operations lieutenant and captain of the department’s support services division.

In May, Hedrick was accepted as a Bloomberg Fellow into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to the selection, Hedrick had taken several Lakota history and language courses at Oglala Lakota College. He also serves on the boards of numerous community organizations.

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