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Nov 2, 2020

A Note from Mayor Sulka: Welcome Police Chief Stephenie Price!

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Bluffton’s new police chief was sworn in on Monday, October 12, and on behalf of Town Council, Town Manager Marc Orlando and all the men and women who serve the Bluffton community, we are thrilled she is here. Chief Price was the former assistant chief of police for Savannah, Georgia, and she plans to make Bluffton her new home. Her conviction, compassion and dedicated to best practices made her shine among the more than 100 candidates who applied for this position.

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Throughout Price’s career, she has built a strong reputation for responsiveness, accountability, and innovation. She has extensive public safety experience with an emphasis in community-oriented policing and using innovation as a part of process improvements and problem-solving. As assistant chief of police for Savannah, Price supervised the administration and management bureau of the department, which includes the budget, canine unit, collateral duty, emergency management, fleet services, mounted patrol, recruiting, technology, traffic division, and training.

Price has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, with the majority of her career serving the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. While in Kansas City, she served as a detective, sergeant and captain in the following divisions: patrol, property crimes, internal affairs, domestic violence, narcotics/vice, regional training academy, and fiscal services. Prior to law enforcement, Price also served her community as an emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic and a licensed practical nurse.

Price earned a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement from Park University in Parkville, Missouri and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University in Atchison, Kansas.

Chief Price is looking forward to a long career as Bluffton’s police chief. She said she is very impressed with Bluffton’s high level of community pride, and she is excited to meet residents and listen to their needs and concerns while preparing the department for the future to meet those needs and concerns.

She places a high priority on wellness programs and said they are crucial components of building healthy relationships and partnerships with the community. She is dedicated to creating a culture of caring and compassion within the department and throughout their interactions with the Bluffton community.

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