City Council Provides Unanimous Approval
RAPID CITY, SD--The Rapid City Council tonight confirmed Jason Culberson as Rapid City's next fire chief and Don Hedrick as the City's next police chief. Both Council votes were unanimous and the actions culminate a process that began in June and included the work of a panel of citizens and community leaders.
After his confirmation vote, Culberson was sworn in as the City's 19th fire chief by City Finance Officer Pauline Sumption. The Council followed by confirming Hedrick as the City's 45th police chief and he was immediately sworn in by Sumption.
Both men have been serving their respective departments as interim chiefs since June when Mayor Allender initiated a selection process that included an internal request for applicants, interviews with department officials, and review and interviews by the citizens panel.
The Citizens Panel was comprised of City Council President Laura Armstrong; Pennington County Commissioner Lloyd LaCroix; Patri Acevedo, market leader with JLG Architects; Malcom Chapman, president/founder of the Chapman Group; Erin Jarvis, office manager, Minerva's Restaurant and Bar; and Tom Johnson, president and CEO, Elevate Rapid City.
JASON CULBERSON/FIRE CHIEF
Culberson will oversee a department of 158 personnel.
He is a 27-year veteran of the Rapid City Fire and Emergency Services. Culberson holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Organizational Communications from Montana State University-Billings and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Dakota Wesleyan University. He has been a member of the South Dakota Fire Chiefs Association, and the Western Dakota Tech Paramedic Advisory Committee, both since 2011; served as District VI vice president of the South Dakota Ambulance Association since 2017 and a member of the South Dakota EMS Association since 2002.
DON HEDRICK/POLICE CHIEF
Hedrick will oversee a department of 166 personnel.
He 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.
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