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November 8, 2010

Julie Dijkstra is named new Nappanee police chief

NAPPANEE — Julie Dijkstra may have come in second in her bid for Elkhart County Sheriff, but she will be first in command at the Nappanee Police Department.

That news was announced Monday during the Nappanee Board of Works meeting.

Dijkstra is a lifelong Nappanee resident and she said she is most looking forward to “continuing her law enforcement career in her hometown. “

A 1974 graduate of Northwood High School, Dijkstra received a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in 1978, graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1987, and received a paralegal certificate from Indiana University South Bend in 1999.

She has been with the Elkhart County Sherriff’s Department since 1985 as jail officer, patrol officer, Lieutenant, administrative services and has been Chief Deputy since 2003.

As Chief Deputy she’s been responsible for the day-to-day leadership of 235 employees as well as  the liaison to the county attorney, risk management and human resources.

Mayor Larry Thompson said Dijkstra’s credentials, along with her local knowledge, make her a great fit for the department.

“I’m looking forward to a woman chief leading our department,” Thompson said.  

Dijkstra will take office on Jan. 1, 2011.

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