To the Riley County Community, Hello! I am Brian Peete, and I am honored and humbled to serve Riley County as the next Director of the Riley County Police Department.
I would like to thank the Law Board for their faith and trust in my appointment. My wife Natalie and our daughter Gabriella are excited about this privilege, and we can't wait to immerse ourselves within the community! Riley County is vibrant with a truly exciting future in which the Riley County Police Department plays a pivotal role. It is our primary job to maintain safety and security to ensure our county thrives and remains attractive to families, students and professionals, and businesses small and large.
RCPD has long been on the cutting edge of the law enforcement profession and represents the future of its evolution: a culture of professionalism, dignity, preservation and mutual respect, partnership, and regionalization. These are strengths I fully intend to maintain and elevate. I am thrilled and grateful that Kurt Moldrup will continue his service as our Assistant Director, and I know he and I will make an exceptional team. That said, it is my goal to spend the majority of my first several weeks speaking with all members of the department to solicit their ideas, advice, and honest candor; but most importantly, to get to know them and for them to get to know and trust me.
I will also meet with the Law Board to learn its priorities, speak with the Community Advisory Board, the County, and all municipal governments to understand their priorities and to solidify our bonds. I am especially eager to work with the Manhattan-Riley County Coalition for Equal Justice. We all want a highly proficient, transparent, fair, and humanizing police force that our community can remain proud of, and I am confident we will continue to do so hand-in-hand.
I will also meet with business leaders and business owners, our faith-based houses, and community organizations and non-profits. Last but not least, I will hold numerous town hall listening sessions (virtual and in-person) with members of our community to learn what you want to see in your police force.
I pledge to be proactive, approachable, and available. Everyone's needs are my priorities, and I am here to serve. In closing, I have attached my summarized resume (PDF) to give everyone a better understanding of who I am and what my professional experiences are. I look forward to meeting with everyone, as Natalie, Gabriella and I make Riley County our permanent family home!