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NAPPANEE â€” Julie Dijkstra will be the new face leading the Nappanee Police Department beginning Jan. 1, 2011. She will be the first woman to serve in this role.
Current Nappanee Police Chief Mike Anglin will leave his position at the close of Dec. 31, and remain a Nappanee patrolman until retirement.
â€śMike has served as our chief for 10 years,â€ť said Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson. â€śWhen you consider that the average length of time anyone usually serves in that position is only about four years that is pretty amazing. And Mike has done a fine job for us here in Nappanee.â€ť
Dijkstra is a hometown girl who graduated from NorthWood High School in 1974. She is leaving her position as chief deputy of the Elkhart County Sheriffâ€™s Department to accept the title of chief. The officer has served in the chief deputy role since 2003.
â€śWe are losing â€”Â and you are gaining â€”Â one good officer,â€ť said Mike Books, Elkhart County Sheriff as he recently addressed the Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety.
Dijkstraâ€™s law enforcement career began in 1985. She has served as jail officer, patrol officer, and both lieutenant and captain in administrative services. The officer was assigned to inmate housing areas; overseen preliminary investigation of both crimes and traffic crashes; and served various administrative services.