SIOUX CITY | Three experienced Sioux City police officers were promoted Thursday during a ceremony at the Betty Strong Encounter Center.
Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick, Sgt. Brad Bollinger and Officer Lori Noltze received promotions.
Dozens of family members of the three officers were on hand to watch them move up in the department filling vacancies created by the retirement of Police Chief Doug Young. Young was replaced by former Sioux City Capt. Rex Mueller as Chief of Police at the end of August.
Kirkpatrick was promoted to Captain and will be serving as the uniformed services bureau commander. He has been with the department for 26 years and did a significant portion of his career in the uniformed division and in the special investigations unit. For a dozen years, he was a team leader and member of the SWAT team.
Bollinger was moved to the rank of Lieutenant. He will now be the afternoon shift watch commander and community team policing commander. He started his career with the Sergeant Bluff Police Department in 1996 and join Sioux City's squad a year later. He has been assigned to be a detective, a school resource officer, and was in the special investigations unit.
Noltze was promoted to Sergeant. She was the department's crime prevention officer and will now be a patrol supervisor. She joined the department in 2002 and has experience as a K9 handler. She was previously a defensive tactics instructor and field training officer.
Also honored at the ceremony was retiring police Chaplin Fr. Michael Erpelding. He is being replaced by Fr. Dan Rupp. Communications center operators Travis Cipperly and Lynette Tiede-Beals were also given a lifesaving award for their aid they gave to fellow operators who experienced serious medical events while on the job.
Officers Brian Smith, Mackenzie Neely, Justus Knudsen, Brice Talbott and Brady Beach were also recognized for reaching their one year of service with the department.