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Rapid City police chief nominee Lt. Elias Diaz addresses the Rapid City Council June 16 before the body voted 8-2 not to confirm his nomination.
Rapid City police chief nominee Lt. Elias Diaz addresses the Rapid City Council June 16 before the body voted 8-2 not to confirm his nomination.
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June 17, 2014

Rapid City Council Rejects Diaz Nomination for Police Chief

In a 2-8 vote, the Rapid City Council voted against Mayor Sam Kooiker's nomination for police chief, Lt. Elias Diaz on Monday evening, June 16, 2014.

Diaz began his career with the city of Rapid City in 1998 and has served as a patrol officer, traffic, officer, detective, patrol sergeant, evidence sergeant, and in his current capacity as Professional Standards Lieutenant. 

Several members of the community spoke at the City Council meeting in favor of the Mayor's nomination, including a retired police officer.

Watch the video of the 90-minute meeting below.



Although Diaz has served in multiple capacities with the Rapid City Police Department for over fifteen years, a press release issued by Alderwoman Bonnie Petersen, cites Diaz's lack of hands-on leadership experience as the reason for the City Council's decision to not confirm the nomination. The press release also stated that the Mayor made the decision to nominate Diaz without involving the City Council. 

For more stories and documents regarding the hiring of a new Chief of Police, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network's document archives.

For pictures and documents relating to the history of the Rapid City Police Department, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network's historical archives.



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