Mayor Chris Beutler today announced his appointment of Jeffery Bliemeister, Chief Deputy in the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, as Lincoln's new Chief of Police. After approval by the Lincoln City Council, he will take over the post April 26. He replaces Jim Peschong, who retired in February. The Mayor also thanked Brian Jackson for his service as Interim Police Chief. He will return to his previous position in the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) as Assistant Chief.
"Jeff rose to the top of a very competitive field of six finalists, who were all highly-regarded and well-qualified candidates," Mayor Beutler said. "He shares my vision of maintaining our Police Department's reputation as an exemplary agency with strong connections to the community. The men and women of LPD provide excellent services in an efficient manner, and Jeff has the experience to build on those strengths."
Bliemeister, who has been Chief Deputy Sheriff since 2012, began his law enforcement career in 1996 as a Deputy in the office. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master's degree in management from Doane College. He is a Leadership Lincoln Fellow, serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club, and volunteers at the Child Advocacy Center and Sheridan Lutheran Church.
"I have watched Jeff's career unfold over the past 18 years, and it has always been evident to me that he has exceptional leadership talent," said Public Safety Director Tom Casady. "I am very pleased that he will be leading the Lincoln Police Department, and I look forward to working with him."
LPD has been nationally accredited since 1989, and has a staff of about 460. More information is available at police.lincoln.ne.gov.