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Butler County Sheriff Tom Dion, left, with new staff member Deputy Cody Kruse and Chief Deputy Bill Drozd after Kruse graduated from the 202nd basic.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office recently welcomed a new member to its team.

Cody Kruse, who was hired earlier this year to serve as a Butler County deputy, was one of many from 35 different state agencies part of the 202nd Basic Class. A ceremony was held Friday, Aug. 23, at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island. For Kruse, it was the realization of a dream dating back many years.

“It’s always something I looked at doing – back as a kid,” Kruse told The Banner-Press. “It’s not a 9-5 kind of job; every day is completely different.”

Kruse said he was feeling pretty good about joining the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. He and his family are relocating from Omaha, and he said living in a smaller community was appealing. Butler County stood out as he had family on his mother’s side that lived in the area several years ago.

Kruse is no stranger to life in law enforcement. He brings with him four years of experience working at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and about a year-and-a-half at Sarpy County Corrections.

Butler County Sheriff Tom Dion said Kruse fills the 10th and final deputy position on staff, adding that he’s the right person for the job based on his experience and character.

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“He’s a former detention officer, a very intelligent man and very personable,” Dion said. “He understands the job of law enforcement.”

Kruse is transitioning to working the night shift for Butler County and said he’s eager to serve and protect its residents.

“I’m here for them,” he said.

The new deputy has been going through training this week, and for the most part, it has lived up to his expectations. Part of his responsibilities is patrolling the county.

“Oh yeah. It’s going good. Minus the rain,” he said, with a laugh, of his first week on the job. 

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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Matt Lindberg is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the University of Kansas.

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