Rifle hires 
N.C. lawman 
as new chief

Thomas “Tommy” Klein has accepted an offer from the city of Rifle to serve as its chief of police, the city said in a press release.

Klein has 24 years experience in law enforcement and since 2014 has been a North District Captain at the Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina.

Klein starts at his new post in Rifle in January. He replaces former police chief John Dyer who served Rifle for nearly four years. Dyer is leaving Rifle for a position in Lake Stevens, Washington, the city of Rifle said.

Klein earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice from North Carolina State University. He is a certified police academy instructor and has earned an advanced criminal justice certificate, according to the city of Rifle.

Klein was selected from an initial pool of 34 applicants. The applicants were narrowed down to six finalists, and were vetted by city officials and community members.

“Mr. Klein was selected from a highly-competitive group of applicants for the position,” the city said in its release.


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