A new police chief will take the reins of the Rifle Police Department next month.
In a news release issued at Wednesday night's City Council meeting, John Dyer has accepted the city's offer to serve as its chief of police. City council unanimously confirmed his appointment.
Dyer, of Oak Harbor, Wash., has 28 years of police experience, and brings with him a dedication to providing quality, community-focused policing to the citizens of Rifle. He is currently a patrol commander for the Oak Harbor Police Department.
Upon Chief Daryl Meisner's announcement that he would be retiring, the city undertook an extensive recruitment effort. Dyer was selected from a highly-competitive group of 78 applicants for the position, and seven finalists were chosen.
The finalists met with members of the police department, attended a community reception in June, and were interviewed by the city council, Hier and the city's executive staff.
Dyer holds a bachelor of science degree in organizational management from Ashford University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for police executives, and has earned a management certificate from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.
Dyer will start his new duties in Rifle in August.
Editor's note: Look for a full story on the new chief in the July 26 edition of the Citizen Telegram.