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Lieutenant retires from RCPD

Lieutenant Jay Mills announced his retirement from the Riley County Police Department.
Mills began his career with the department in January 1985 as a police officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1993 and attained the rank of lieutenant in September 1999.
Mills was awarded supervisor of the year in 2009.
He had his retirement reception on Dec. 30, 2016.

Four retire from city fire department

The Manhattan Fire Department had four retirements in December.
Battalion Chief Steven Shepek retired with more than 30 years of service.
The City Of Manhattan hired Shepek on June 15, 1986. He rose through the ranks serving as a firefighter, driver, fire inspector, lieutenant and battalion chief. He retired as the battalion chief assigned to B Shift.
Captain Dirk Cott retired with more than 30 years of service. The city hired Cott on June 15, 1986. He served as a firefighter, driver, lieutenant and captain.
Driver Richard Smith joined the city March 25, 1991. He served as a firefighter and driver over the last 25 years. Building Maintenance Supervisor Frank Young joined the city on Dec. 28, 1997, and worked his tenure for the fire department as a member of the Building Maintenance division.

RCPD promotes sergeant to lieutenant

The Riley County Police Department promoted Brad Jager to lieutenant, effective Dec. 1. Jager has been with the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency since February 2004, beginning his career as a patrol officer. He attained the rank of sergeant in December 2010.
Jager has served the agency in many capacities including as a ERU Tactical Team member and a police training officer ensuring the proper training of new police officers. He has been the recipient of multiple firearms proficiency awards and obtained Master Police Officer in January 2010. He was the recipient of the Director’s Award for Integrity in 2013.
Jager is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Dentist joins Hayden Orthodontics

Jeff Kohlmeier has joined Hayden Orthodontics.
Kohlmeier is from Cottonwood Falls and majored in biochemistry and molecular biology at Emporia State before his three- year residency in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis.
Kohlmeier was recently board certified and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics — a distinction that fewer than 30 percent of orthodontists achieve in their careers.

Specialist joins Via Christi pain clinic

Ian Malburg has joined Via Christi Hospital in its pain management clinic as a pain management specialist.
His first day of seeing patients at Via Christi Clinic at 1105 Sunset Ave. will be Wednesday, but appointments are being scheduled now.
Malburg graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 2011. Malburg completed his general surgery internship at the University of California-Davis in Sacramento, California, his anesthesiology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and his pain mana gement fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Malburg is boardcertified in both anesthesiology and pain

Riley County Fire holds banquet

Riley County Fire District held its annual recognition banquet on Dec. 17. The Harold Bellman Outstanding Service award went to Howard Sump from the Peach Grove station. Most Active Firefighter honors went to Eric Peck (Konza) with more than 400 Hours and his FF-1 and FF2 certification. Honorable mention went to Elizabeth McQuade (Zeandale) with 270 hours of service.
Forty-year recognition plaques went to Chief Pat Collins and Dave Russell (Keats).
Jim Goff (Riley) and John Wienck (Swede Creek) received 30-year service awards, Jeff Holmes (Riley) and Dominic Torres (Leonardville) received 20-year service awards, and Carl Hill (Konza) and Dave Sterling (Keats) got 10-year service awards.
Rookie of the year honors went to Kimberly Bahr (Konza) for more than 200 hours of service and completing her EMT during her first year with the department.
Twenty-five volunteers were recognized for 100-plus hours of service the last year, and 11 volunteers were recognized for 200-plus hours of service the last year.

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