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Reno Co. EMS announced the promotion of Paramedic Travis West to the role of Division Chief.

Division Chiefs are front-line supervisory staff and responsible for many duties throughout their shifts. That includes direct management of their shifts employees, ensuring the readiness of crews and equipment, scheduling transfers to and from HRMC and hospice, as well as assisting staff in critical calls.

Division Chief West formerly served as Training Captain for Team 2. He takes on the new role for Team 3 following the promotion of Monika Heller to Special Projects Chief.

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HUTCHINSON — Twenty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on Oct. 22, including two Hutchinson Police officers.

The speaker for the ceremony was Hutchinson Police Chief Jeff Hooper. James Buettgenbach, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 284th Basic Training Class.

Deputy Francisco Guerrero of the Meade County Sheriff’s Office was honored with KLETC’s Fitness Award.

The training course fulfills the state requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and hands-on applications help train officers to solve the increasingly complex problems they face in the line of duty.

The graduates, who began their training in July, represented 19 municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates from The News coverage area are listed below by county and agency:

Ellis: Erin Lokke, Hays Police Department; Finney: Crystal Lopez, Finney County Sheriff’s Office; Edwardo Valdez, Randy Cole, and Jacob Erickson, Garden City Police Department; Meade: Francisco Guerrero, Meade County Sheriff’s Office; Pratt: Dennis Zoglmann, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; and Reno: Dalton Leonard and Stephen Jackson, Hutchinson Police Department.

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Six new employees sworn in at the Hutchinson Police Department last week included two dispatches and four officers.

The dispatchers included Josie Havard and David Lowe-Wright.

The officers are Ryan Aden, Michael Mendez, Elizabeth Martinez, and Zach Anderson.

Ryan Aden
Ryan Aden

Officer Aden was born and raised in Hutchinson and attended Buhler High School, graduating in 2012. After graduation, he worked at the Kansas Department of Corrections for about three years as a corrections officer. He worked in segregation and eventually was promoted to be a member of the special security team.

He then worked for the Reno County Sheriffs Office as a jail deputy while volunteering as a patrolman for the city of Cheney. His work in Cheney evolved into full-time work when he got sent to the academy in June of 2020. After graduating from KLETC in September, he continued working for the Cheney Police Department for another year before he decided to apply with the city of Hutchinson.

Michael Mendez
Michael Mendez

Officer Mendez was born in California but has lived in the Reno/Harvey county area since he was about 5. He married his wife, Tina, in 2015. They have three kids together; twin daughters Raelyn and Ryleigh and their son Radley. He started his career in law enforcement in 2019 with RNSO and recently moved to the HPD.

Elizabeth Martinez
Elizabeth Martinez

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Officer Martinez moved to Wichita with her parents and little brother in 2017. She graduated from Wichita East High in 2019. After high school, she became a Detention Deputy at Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility for two years. During her experience there, she learned different ways of communicating with different types of individuals.

Zach Anderson
Zach Anderson

Officer Anderson grew up in Newton. He served four years in the Marine Corps as an automatic rifleman in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked as an electrician for the last five years. He was recently married. He and his wife, Shirene, have three children, Audriana, 10, Paxton, 5, and Caleb, 2. He joined the Hutchinson Police Department to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a police officer and serving and protecting this community.

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David Jordan
David Jordan

David Jordan, president and CEO of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, located in Hutchinson, was selected for the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Fellows Program for 2022. The NRHA is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 21,000 members whose mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.

The year-long, intensive Rural Health Fellows program is designed to develop leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.

The competitive program’s goal is to educate and engage a network of diverse rural leaders that will step forward to serve in key positions in the association, affiliated advocacy groups, and local and state legislative bodies with health equity as a main focus.

As part of the fellowship, Jordan will meet with the cohort three times over the next year and work on a rural leadership project, finishing the program in February 2023.

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Weston Tallman
Weston Tallman

Weston Tallman joined Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System on Oct. 4 as Assistant Controller for the Finance Department.

Tallman grew up in Hutchinson and is a 2004 graduate of Trinity Catholic High School. He attended Hutchinson Community College before graduating from Friends University in Wichita. Tallman’s accomplishments include a Bachelors's and Master’s degrees in Business Administration.

Tallman joins HRHS following 13 years with Kroger Accounting Services in Hutchinson. He progressed through several positions including Payroll Processor, Payroll Project Manager, and Payroll Group Tax Group Leader. During his last 18 months with Kroger, Tallman has served as the Kroger Unemployment Claims Manager.

In his new position, Tallman will be responsible for devising and implementing financial policies and plans, coordinating the preparation of the annual budget, and coordination of monthly and annual financial statements.

Duane Miller, Chief Financial Officer for HRHS, said the selection process to fill the vacancy of Assistant Controller was shortened when an applicant already residing in Hutchinson, and imminently qualified, applied.

Tallman and his wife Lacey are the parents of two children, a son Jace and a daughter Ricki.

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Ruben Acosta
Ruben Acosta

DODGE CITY – The Dodge City Police Department swore in Ruben Acosta as a patrol officer on October 25, making him the first Community Service Officer to transition to a sworn position.

Acosta was one of three initial people hired to create the Community Service Officer program in May 2020.

“The CSO program was created as a tool to keep interest from local recruits that had a desire to go into law enforcement but were not yet 21 and eligible to be an officer,” said Dodge City Chief of Police Drew Francis. “It provides the opportunity for those in the program to see what life as a law enforcement officer can be before going to the academy, along with shortening the field training period of the officer as much of the training has already been completed while in the CSO program.”

The CSO position is responsible for responding to non-criminal or misdemeanor property crime complaints, traffic control, parking enforcement, traffic accidents, and enforcing laws and ordinances. Employees may be assigned to additional duties such as assisting motorists, video monitoring, assisting on DUIs and animal control violations.

More information on the DCPD CSO Program can be found at https://www.dodgecity.org/1008/Community-Service-Officer, or by calling the City of Dodge City Human Resources Department at 620-225-8100.

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MEDICINE LODGE – Citizens Bank of Kansas announced a new Branch Manager for its facility in Medicine Lodge.

Steve Roberts is making the transition to banking after more than 25 years of coaching and teaching math at the South Barber School District in Kiowa. Roberts and his wife Kay have two adult children, Bryce and Bailey.

This article originally appeared on The Hutchinson News: Business people