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Times-Union Newspaper

Dennis Butler

NORTH MANCHESTER – Dennis Butler died Aug. 17, 2021. Dennis was born to Dwight and Mae Butler on March 2, 1925. He answered our country's call and served in Europe in the latter stage of World War II. Den married Rosemary on Sept. 8, 1945; she died Nov. 28,...
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RCPD say goodbye to Director Dennis Butler

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Dennis Butler served his last day as director of the Riley County Police Department Monday. The retiring police veteran was sworn in as RCPD Director in December 2018. Butler sat down with KSNT News right before a goodbye lunch was served outside his office. He said he’s thankful for his time […]
RILEY COUNTY, KS
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End of an era: RCPD Director Dennis Butler calls it a career

After 42 years of service to the public, Riley County Police Department Director Dennis Butler is officially retiring. Monday will be his last day on duty. Butler began his policing career in 1979 when he was hired as a cadet. After about a year, he went to the academy and was hired as a police officer in 1980.
RILEY COUNTY, KS
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1350kman.com

Open Letter No. 2 from RCPD Director Dennis Butler

I don’t know if I have ever seen the topic of police legitimacy remain front page news for as long as it has since May 2020. I’d like to share my perspective as a gauge of what we read and watch about other communities and what I have learned about the Riley County Police Department.
RILEY COUNTY, KS
1350kman.com

Open letter from RCPD Director Dennis Butler

On August 16, the Law Board unanimously offered me an extension of employment beyond my current contract terms scheduled to expire on December 31, 2021. I thought it appropriate to write your readers and listeners about why I have chosen to retire. I doubt I can say everything that I would like so I may write again before my retirement on February 1, 2022.
RILEY COUNTY, KS
The Manhattan Mercury

Dennis Butler: I wish I could serve RCPD longer

On Aug. 16, the law board unanimously offered me an extension of employment beyond my current contract terms scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2021. I thought it appropriate to write your readers and listeners about why I have chosen to retire. I doubt I can say everything that I would like so I may write again before my retirement on February 1, 2022. I am not one to harbor regrets about past decisions I have made nor events I do not control, but I do have one regret as my time with the RCPD concludes. I regret that I did not have the opportunity to become your director earlier, or at a younger age free of the personal distractions described below. Early in my career I understood the importance of candor, responsiveness and effective communications with the people I worked with and the citizens I served. Even when I knew they wouldn’t like the answer nor the results I believe that they deserved to know the reasons. I don’t know if every decision I made as your director were the right ones, but in my mind, they were made for the right reasons. With that said the following paragraph summarizes my decision to retire at the end of my employment agreement.
MANHATTAN, KS
The Manhattan Mercury

FROM THE PUBLISHER | A salute to Dennis Butler

I’d like to salute Dennis Butler, the head of the Riley County Police Department, who announced his retirement Monday. He’ll be leaving at the end of next January. Mr. Butler came here from Ottawa, and promised to stay three years. It was evident at the time he was hired that he might be a relatively short-term director, but the board that governs the police department decided he was worth that risk. He’ll fulfill that promise, and, in my view, justified the board’s decision.
RILEY COUNTY, KS
Trumann Democrat

Dennis Butler

Dennis Butler was welcomed onto heaven's eighteenth green on Aug 17, 2021. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and his two older brothers. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his sons David (Joyce) Butler, Cumming, GA; Daniel (Debra) Butler, Sandpoint, ID; his sister, Betty Bergstrand, Chapel Hill, NC; 5 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.