Derrick Ploutz has served as Sterling Chief of Police since September 2017. Chief Ploutz began his career in 1999 as a Detention Deputy with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office in Colby, KS. Chief Ploutz was in the 163rd Basic Training Class at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. In 2001, Chief Ploutz moved to Sublette, Kansas where he continued his career and served at the Haskell County Sheriff’s Office for over 16 years. During his tenure at Haskell County, Chief Ploutz served as a patrol deputy, SRT deputy, K-9 handler, and school resource officer. In 2012, Chief Ploutz was appointed Undersheriff and served in that capacity until coming to Sterling. Chief Ploutz is a past-president of the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association, serves on the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police legislative committee, and is the law enforcement representative on the State of Kansas Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee.
The Chief of Police supervises and coordinates the activities of members of the police department. The Chief recommends hiring, firing, and is responsible for disciplining employees. The Chief is also in charge of budgeting and purchasing for the police department. The Chief reviews each case, creates the employee work schedule, and prepares the payroll. In additions, the Chief also maintains order, enforces laws and ordinances, and protects life and property within the city.