Jacobs promoted to chief

Curt Jacobs, right, stands with his wife after a brief pinning ceremony at Monday’s Spearfish City Council meeting. Pioneer photo by Alex Portal

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SPEARFISH After nearly 30 years seving with the Spearfish Police Department, the last seven of which as assistant chief, Curt Jacobs has been promoted to fill the chief of police position left by Pat Rotert.

“I’ve held just about every (position) here,” Jacobs said with a laugh.

He began his career in law enforcement in 1987 by joining the department’s reserve program. In 1991, he joined the force full time as a patrol officer and in 1993 he was joined by a K-9 partner, Bear.

“He lived at home with me,” he explained. “He was just a family dog at home, but he loved to go to work.”

Jacobs and his dually deputized dog patrolled together for seven years until Bear’s passing in 1999. In 2001, Jacobs became the first school resource officer for the district.

“So then I was the school resource officer, which is a fantastic job because you get to work with the kids, you get to work with the teachers (and) the parents,” he said. “It’s a very positive job where a lot of law enforcement is negative contact with people.”

After that, Jacobs quickly rose through the ranks from patrol sergeant, to lieutenant, to assistant chief. Now, as chief, Jacobs said he’s very proud of the work the department has done over the years. 

“We have a great department here in Spearfish, I’m very proud of it,” he said. “I just want to work on improving the service that we’re able to provide to the community (and) stay involved with the community.”

Jacobs said he’s looking forward in his new role to working with the other city departments under the purview of the public safety director, which Rotert officially filled in August. He said the new structure was already put to its first major test during a fatal trailer  fire, which occurred Sept. 25.

“The police department and the fire department partnered together to investigate that fire and the state fire marshal didn’t have to send someone out here,” Jacobs said. “That’s part of what’s exciting for me is something new. I get to be on the ground floor of helping to build this public safety department.”

Jacobs’ new position was voted on and approved during the Sept. 16 city council meeting with a step salary raise to $99,382.40.

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