Butler Names New Police Chief
Air Force Veteran Named to the Key Position.
Jason Kenney takes over as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety at Butler Community College. Kenney served with the Air National Guard for 24 years. After retiring from the guard in 2015, Kenney joined Butler’s public safety team.
While serving fulltime in the National Guard, Kenney deployed from two weeks to two months to France, Afghanistan, Turkey and other locations. He worked as a survival and rescue instructor, an aerial refueler, and in command and control (emergency management).
A Wichita native, Kenney graduated from West High School and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. He now lives in Derby. The father of four daughters, ranging in age from 5 to 24, Kenney enjoys being around students and helping to keep them safe. One of those Butler students is Kenney’s daughter.
“We want to make sure these students are comfortable and confident at Butler,” Kenney said. “Students come here from other countries and states. For some, it is their first time away from home.”
Kenney knows he will continue to make a difference in student’s lives. Butler employs 10 police officers and one security officer.
“Butler is a great place to work. It’s a family environment,” Kenney said. “It’s given me the opportunity to excel.”
Vice President of Student Services, Bill Rinkenbaugh, has witnessed Kenny's professionalism.
“I have had the opportunity to watch Jake work with our students over the past two years,” said Rinkenbaugh. “He’s very compassionate and caring, yet focused on the position in maintaining the safety of all of our students and stakeholders. He has a real gift of communication that will be a great asset in moving the department forward! I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”