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Posted on: April 29, 2023

Sgt. Rick Newton retires after 22 years with Reno County Sheriff Office

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Sergeant Rick Newton started his career with the Reno County Sheriff’s Office in early 2001 as a Reserve Deputy.  Reserve Deputies in 2001 were required to work in the jail, work on patrol, and work special events.  Rick did all these things for the Reserve Program from 2001 until he became a full time Deputy in 2007.  In fact, during the seven years Rick was in the Reserve Program he worked an amazing 4,377.5 hours.  

Rick started full time on July 30th of 2007 and then attended the 194th basic training class at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center later that year.  Rick was #1 in his class academically which earned him the Larry Welch Academic Excellence Award.  Upon graduating from KLETC Rick was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit, a joint task force between the Reno County Sheriff’s Office and the Hutchinson Police Department.  Rick did this until 2010 when he was reassigned to the Patrol Division. While assigned to the Patrol Division Rick was a valuable Field Training Officer for several Deputies and worked as a #1 Deputy for various Sergeants.  In July of 2015 Rick was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  As Sergeant Newton continued to train and mentor Deputies on his crew while leading them in service to Reno County. Sergeant Newton oversaw our vehicle fleet purchasing for several years and later became the Sergeant in charge of the Reno County Deputy Sheriff’s Reserve Program. This took him full circle in his career starting as a Reserve and ending as a full time Sergeant.  

In Sergeant Newton's time off he likes to work on his house and yard, train his dog, Sasha, spend time with his wife Shelly, kids, and grandkids.   Sergeant Newton will be remembered by the Sheriff’s Office for his no-nonsense emails when a shield is missing and for his willingness to fight/argue for his crew and what he felt was right.   Sergeant Newton has shown true grit and determination while working for the Sheriff’s Reserves and later in his full-time career with our agency.  Congratulations on your retirement Sergeant Newton. 


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