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Posted on: December 15, 2015

Michael Utz named Garden City Police Chief

Garden City – Michael Utz has been named Chief of Police for the Garden City Police Department. Utz has worked for the GCPD since September 1984, most recently serving as captain of the investigations division.

Beginning today, Utz will fill the post vacated by the retirement of Chief James Hawkins earlier this year. The City conducted a nationwide search to fill the position.

“Our nationwide search yielded several top-quality candidates for the position of Chief of Police,” said City Manager Matt Allen. “Chief Utz has had a distinguished law enforcement career at GCPD, but where he stood out in this very competitive process was the way he has continued to evolve as a leader in our department, and I’m excited for him to have the opportunity to show that throughout the community.” Allen added, “Mike knows and values the talent that surrounds him on the command staff level and throughout the department.”

Utz started his law enforcement career with the U.S. Air Force in 1980. After an honorable discharge in 1984, he joined the GCPD as a patrol officer. Utz moved through the ranks before being named captain in 1995.

“It’s been very humbling as well as an honor and privilege to be selected as the Chief of Police for the professional organization that I will be serving,” Utz said. “This is a vital position for our community. We have a great police department and a great community that we partner with.”

The mission of the Garden City Police Department is “to build a partnership with the community to improve quality of life, provide a safe community through efficient and effective police service, while always respecting the rights and dignity of those we serve.” Utz said that mission will not change.

“I have been in Garden City since 1984,” Utz said. “I believe in this community. I am invested and have passion for this community, and I’m excited to begin this new journey.”

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