Kearney picks LaVista cop as its new police chief

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KEARNEY, Neb (KSNB) A new police chief is coming to Kearney in January.

City Manager Michael Morgan Monday announced the selection of Bryan Waugh to serve as the city’s new Police Chief.

Mr. Waugh served in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist and has been employed with the LaVista Police Department for the past 21 years, most recently as a Captain. LaVista is an Omaha suburb.

The LaVista police department web site indicates that Waugh is Special Operations Division Commander. In that role, he is responsible for the department's SWAT team, K-9 police dog unit, School resources officers and Emergency Management.

“Mr. Waugh’s outstanding educational background combined with his varied law enforcement skills including patrol, staff supervision, budgeting, community policing efforts, recruiting, training and personnel management makes him an excellent choice” according to Morgan.

Waugh has a Master of Arts in Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bellevue University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has received police related certifications from Northwestern University and the University of Virginia.

Waugh, a West Virginia native, will officially start with the City of Kearney on January 2, 2019.