North Carolina cop is new Rifle police chief
Thomas Klein, a district captain with the Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina, will be Rifle’s new police chief, City Manager Matt Sturgeon announced. He is expected to start sometime in January.
With more than 24 years of police experience in his home state of North Carolina, Klein will succeed Chief John Dyer following his resignation in August to take a position in Lake Stevens, Washington.
After starting as a patrol officer in 1992, Klein spent decades moving up through the Raleigh Police Department, holding positions of lieutenant and captain over the past five years. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 2010 and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and criminal justice concentration from North Carolina State University.
Rifle spent several months looking at applicants for the position in a selection process that included a meeting with members of the Rifle Police Department, a community reception and interviews with the City Council, city manager and executive city staff, according to the city manager’s press release.
The six finalists for the position were Klein; Daric Harvey, administrative commander for the Vail Police Department; Thomas Rummel, watch commander with the Pueblo Police Department; Drew Sanders, police lieutenant with the West Jordan Police Department in Utah; Andrew Smith, investigations divisions captain for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minneapolis; and Samuel Stewart, interim police chief for the Rifle Police Department.