Shawnee County Sheriff to retire K-9 dog ‘Rowdy,’ buy another

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office plans to retire “Rowdy,” a law enforcement dog that’s been with the department for 9 years. (SCSO)

Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones plans to retire one law enforcement dog and buy another for $9,500.


County Commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler plan to consider acknowledging those planned moves when they meet at 9 a.m. Monday in their chambers in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th.

The Topeka City Council doesn’t plan to meet this coming Tuesday because it will be the fourth Tuesday of the month and the council only meets on the first three. City officials said they might schedule a special meeting this coming week to discuss ongoing efforts to negotiate an employment contract with a new city manager, but no such meeting had been scheduled as of Saturday.

Commissioners plan Monday to consider acknowledging they’ve received correspondence from Jones indicating he will be retiring a dog named “Rowdy,” who is about 11 years old and has been with the office nine years.

Rowdy has served a dual role in patrol and narcotics detective work, according to Jones. Sole ownership will be transferred to his last assigned owner, Deputy Tracy Trammel.

Jones also plans to use federal forfeiture funds to buy a dual-purpose law enforcement canine for $9,500 from Pipe Creek, Texas-based Hill Country Dog Center, according to the correspondence commissioners plan to consider acknowledging Monday.

Commissioners also plan to consider:

— Authorizing administrative services director Betty Greiner to fill the vacant deputy financial administrator’s job at an annual total in salary and benefits of $77,188. The person who had held that position left because of a personal emergency, Greiner told commissioners in a recent memorandum.

— Giving approval for Shawnee County to become a member of the Interlocal Purchasing System Program offered by Enterprise Fleet Management. The move is linked to the commission’s July 10 vote to enter into a contract with Enterprise Fleet Management to lease 26 vehicles for the parks and recreation department at an annual total cost of $130,430.28.


Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.