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Posted on: February 24, 2017

Dave Ellis appointed Osawatomie Police Chief

Osawatomie City Manager Don Cawby has announced that Dave Ellis has been named the city’s new police chief.
Cawby made the announcement during the Osawatomie City Council meeting Thursday night.
Ellis has served as the acting police chief since former Osawatomie Police Chief Bob Butters submitted his resignation in January 2016. At the time, Ellis was serving as deputy police chief.
Ellis has 33 years of law enforcement experience, including 29 years of service with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. At the time of his retirement with the KDWPT, Ellis attained the rank of lieutenant.
For the past 13 years, Ellis has also worked as a part-time officer for the Osawatomie Police Department and was appointed deputy chief on June 1, 2015.
“I didn’t really think I would be in this position,” Ellis said. “I thought I would always be deputy chief, but when circumstances dictated, I was asked, and I stepped up to the plate.”
“During times of manpower shortages last year, we went in a little different direction by hiring younger officers, and it has paid off. I think if I had to sum up the department in one word, it would be enthusiasm. I’ve instructed my officers to take action when warranted, and show compassion when needed.”

Under Ellis’ leadership, the Osawatomie Police Department has not only increased its productivity, Cawby said, but has made significant strides in public outreach and building relationships within the community.
“During discussions with community leaders about their impressions of the local police department and the job Chief Ellis has done, everyone has noted a marked improvement, especially in the professionalism of the department since he took over,” he said.
“We have also seen several incidents where increased activity by patrolmen has led to eliminating drug activity and solving property crimes. Even being shorthanded for much of the past year, the department has dramatically increased the number of drug cases handled, as well as the number of arrests and charges filed.”

Based on 2016 statistics, the department:


  • Took 1,770 reports - an increase of 457 reports taken over the previous year.
  • Made 170 warrant arrests - the highest number in the last four years.
  • Arrested 481 individuals. In 2012, there were only 236 arrests.
  • Worked 74 new state and municipal drug cases - 11 more than the last four years combined. Of those, 64 cases were cleared. The agency also assisted in larger narcotics investigations which eventually led to three Osawatomie residents being federally indicted.

“Chief Ellis is the person we need right now in our community,” Osawatomie Mayor Mark Govea said. “Chief Ellis and Deputy Chief Dave Stuteville make a great team and are moving this department forward in a good, positive direction. The new initiatives, programs and hires they have implemented have not gone unnoticed by this governing body, other city staff and the community.”



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