Shawnee sheriff’s K-9 retires after 9 years; Rowdy helped seize 500-plus pounds of narcotics

Shawnee County commissioners were informed of the retirement of K-9 Rowdy from the sheriff’s office at their meeting Monday morning.


Rowdy is stepping down after nine years of service. The 11-year-old Dutch shepherd will be transferred to his last assigned owner, deputy Tracey Trammel, who will take over financial and care responsibilities.

The dog served a dual role in patrol and narcotics detective work, said Lt. Caleb Acree.

“Recently, he’s run into some health issues with some arthritis setting in and stuff like that,” Acree said, “so it is in his best interest to go ahead and retire him at this point.”

Rowdy is responsible for the seizure of more than 500 pounds of narcotics and $1 million in drug-related currency, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office, which currently has four dual-purpose canines, plans to purchase another for $9,500 from Pipe Creek, Texas-based Hill Country Dog Center with the use of federal forfeiture funds.

“We’ll actually send our trainer down to Texas to test, so they have to meet the testing requirements,” Acree said. “Then we’ll go through about a 10-week training course with the new dog.”

The canine will be trained by Sgt. Brad Metz, Acree said.

County commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler voted 3-0 to acknowledge the receipt of correspondence from Sherriff Herman T. Jones.

In other business:

n Commissioners heard a request from parks director Terry Bertels, who spoke about the county becoming 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 the contract with Enterprise Fleet Management to lease 26 vehicles at an annual total cost of $130,430.28. The agreement requires approval of online membership by the parks and recreation department. The commissioners approved the contract.

n Betty Greiner, director of administrative services, addressed commissioners on the approval to post and fill the position of deputy financial administrator for the audit finance department and fill any positions that might result from filling the position. The minimum annual salary, including benefits, is $77,188.

“I have listed the minimum annual salary with benefits, but hope to find someone with more experience than the minimum,” Griener said.

The person who held the position resigned because of personal reasons, she said.

The commissioners approved the posting of the position 3-0.

n Commissioners heard an update from Justin Gregory, Kansas Expocentre’s livestock operations director, on the past weekend’s activities — the Capital City Classic Dog Show and the Kansas Buckskin Association Horse Show — and upcoming events, including the U.S. Team Roping Midwest Regional Championships, previously held in Mulvane, Aug. 24-27, as well as the conclusion of the Capital City Classic Dog Show being held through Aug. 28.

Gregory added the first sheet of ice will be applied to the skating rink Sunday night for the Topeka Roadrunners, who will begin practice Aug. 30.

n Archer thanked the Topeka Mural Project and the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners for their work on the shipping container mural project. This is the 10th project, he said.

n Before the meeting adjourned, Archer noted the pending darkness.

“If you haven’t heard, today is eclipse day,” Archer said. “I saw a sign on I-70 this morning that said ‘Eclipse Day No Parking on the Highway,’ so you have been notified of that event. So have a good day and enjoy the eclipse.”