Kingman hires new police chief

A Michigan police captain has been hired to replace a retiring Larry Butler as Kingman police chief.

Robert DeVries, a captain with the Holland, Mich.

Police Department, was unanimously selected over six final candidates including KPD Capts.

Larry McGill and Tim Mosby.

DeVries has 26 years with the Holland Police Department with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and public administration.

He is also working on a master's degree in public administration.

DeVries also teaches police-related classes at a nearby university.

DeVries was chosen over six candidates who were interviewed by two panels of nearly 20 people, including council members, Butler and City Manager Roger Swenson.

The city originally screened about 54 applications with the process narrowing the candidates down to the six finalists.

"I am very impressed with Mr.

DeVries' clear commitment to effective law enforcement through the principles of community policing and community involvement," Swenson.

DeVries will be in Kingman the second week of May to meet KPD staff, attend a city budget meeting May 14 and spend time with Butler.

Butler will retire June 6, and DeVries will officially start June 9.

"We are honored to be moving to Kingman and to serve the community there," DeVries stated.

"It is a small town with a big heart."

Butler retired from KPD in 1993 as captain and went to work with the Mohave County Attorney's Office as an investigator.

A year later, he was elected to the city council.

Two and a half years into his term, then- City Manager Lou Sorensen asked Butler to take the police chief position, replacing the retiring Carroll Brown.

Kingman, with a 2000 census of more than 20,000, has seen a growth spurt in population, business and in proportion, crime.

KPD currently has a force of 48 patrol officers, detectives, school resource officers, motorcycle officers, bomb squad technicians and bicycle officers.