New police chief

Jeff Elliott, center, shown at a Sept. 25 press conference, has been picked to be the next Fremont Police chief. (Fremont Tribune files)

Fremont Tribune

Jeff Elliott will be Fremont’s new chief of police.

Mayor Scott Getzschman made the announcement in a news release Friday. He will officially make the appointment, pending city council approval, during the council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Municipal Building.

“Jeff Elliott is the top choice and the most capable for leading our police force,” Getzschman said.

“This has been a long, drawn out process that is almost over,” Getzschman said. “The Civil Service Commission rated Elliott the highest among the candidates for the position.”

Elliott’s starting salary as chief will be $83,908.

Other finalists for the position were Blair Police Chief Joseph Lager and Lt. Glen Still of the Fremont Police Department.

Fifteen applicants took the Civil Service Commission exam, and five of them were subsequently interviewed.

Elliott said the competition was tough.

“I’m happy to be in the position and I’m glad that our elected officials had confidence in me,” he said. “I look forward to leading the department and working on a number of issues.”

As Fremont’s deputy chief, Elliott become interim chief on May 13 after Tim Mullen retired on March 2. The “interim” tag expired on Sept. 8, but Elliott continued to head the department.

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Elliott started at the Fremont Police Department as a patrol officer in September 1989 and later served as corporal, sergeant and lieutenant before working his way up to deputy chief.

A Platteview High School graduate, he holds a bachelor of science degree from Bellevue University, completed the law enforcement management course through the FBI National Academy, and graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.

Elliott is a firearms instructor, SWAT team commander, field training officer and supervisor. He developed the department’s current field training program, records management system, and oversees the drug task force.

He holds numerous law enforcement certificates, including hazardous materials and domestic violence.

Elliott was the 2011 president of the Police Officers Association of Nebraska, and is a member of Rotary International.


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