Administration

Police Chief - Dick Ganschow


The Chief of Police is the figurehead of the Police Department. He oversees the entire department and coordinates all department functions through the Deputy Chiefs and the chain of command.

The Chief is also responsible for representing the Department on several area boards, work performance and conduct of the officers, safety, discipline, and assignments within the department. Overall the command staff, under the direction of the Chief, plan and execute programs designed to suppress crime and accidents, detect and apprehend criminal and traffic offenders, protect and recover property, and regulate non-criminal conduct.

Police Chief Dick Ganschow

Deputy Chief of Operations - Shannon Swearingen

The Deputy Chief of Operations oversees the day to day operations of the uniformed patrol division, the most visual faction of the police department.This position assures that officers are providing the best, most efficient service to the citizens of this community.

The Deputy Chief schedules officers for their daily patrols, oversees the shift sergeants that lead the patrol shifts, and continually evaluates services being provided to improve the overall effectiveness of the police department in controlling / reducing criminal activity. This position adjusts staffing to address problem areas where a police presence is needed, all in the spirit of community policing.

The Deputy Chief of Operations also oversees:

  • The K9 program
  • Training of new officers
Shannon Swearingen

Deputy Chief of Administration / Support Services - Rich Brodrick


The Deputy Chief of Administration/Support Services oversees the behind-the-scenes operations of the department including the investigations division, assuring that the services provided to the citizens are of the utmost quality. 

The Deputy Chief provides this service by arranging ongoing training for all department officers and command staff, providing necessary equipment for them to do the job more efficiently and effectively, and overseeing the operating budget of the entire department. This division also oversees facility security and maintenance, and specialized programs.

Administrative Assistant to Chief of Police - Lisa Kelch

The administrative assistant to the Chief of Police is responsible for daily record keeping, payroll, and communications with civic and business organizations. The position is staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The administrative assistant works with the City and State's Attorney's offices to schedule officers for court, assist in medical claim issues for police employees, and assure that employees are paid correctly. In addition, she is responsible for:

  • Entering and maintaining federal Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics
  • Fingerprinting for city businesses in relation to background checks and licensing purposes
  • Payroll
  • FOIA
  • Expungements
Lisa Kelch

Records Supervisor - Mallory Burmeister

The records supervisor is responsible for record keeping and organization, processing various types of police reports, and assisting the public with any questions regarding their reports. The position is staffed Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The records supervisor ensures the accuracy of police reports that are sent to the City and State's Attorney's offices. In addition, she is responsible for:

  • Record disposals
  • Various monthly reports
  • Sex offender records
Mallory Burmeister