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Hiebert to lead Hillsboro police

Staff writer

Jessey Hiebert, assistant police chief since 2003, was formally appointed police chief at Tuesday’s Hillsboro City Council meeting. His appointment follows the retirement Sept. 30 of Dan Kinning.

Hiebert has been with the department since 1993 — first as a reserve officer, then as a full-time officer since 1997. During those years, he has been a drug dog handler, sergeant, and field training officer.

Council members also appointed a new city attorneyTuesday.

Andrew Kovar with the Wichita law firm Triplett Woolf Garretson was appointed to replace Kimberlyn Gilchrist of the same firm. Gilchrist was hired in March and has joined a different firm.

Newton lawyer Joe Uhlman was hired as city prosecutor. Tim Hodge will serve as backup. Both are with Adrian and Pankratz. A new prosecutor was needed because of the resignation of Susan Robson, who has been appointed district judge.

Mark Chesney, president of Kansas Power Pool, told council members the cost of electricity probably would not be stable during 2022.

A bright spot is that KPP’s contract with a coal-fired electricity plant in northeast Kansas is set to expire at the end of 2022. Chesney said the plant was KPP’s most expensive electricity source.

Last modified Nov. 4, 2021