By Paul Rhodes
CONWAY SPRINGS – A new chief of police, Michael Roths, has been hired for the city of Conway Springs.
And, from the same round of interviews, the city also has filled another officer vacancy with the hiring of Jared Lyden.
Roths was appointed to the chief’s position on Aug. 25 by Mayor Jessica Gerlach, and the appointment was approved unanimously by the Conway Springs City Council. Lyden also was appointed unanimously by the council.
Roths was sworn in following his appointment, and started work this past week.
Roths had previous law enforcement experience in Sumner, Sedgwick and Kingman counties, as well as leadership positions and training. He was hired as part of a police officer search for Conway Springs that also resulted in the hiring of Lyden as a police officer. Landon Wiseley, who has been acting chief, will remain with the department, along with one other full-time officer and a part-time officer.
“We interviewed for police positions, and Michael showed real leadership skills and came to us with some great ideas,” said Mayor Gerlach. “We were drawn to that.”
Gerlach said with the hiring of two full-time positions, staffing within the Conway Springs Police Department will be at or near where it needs to be. Total staffing will be at four full-time positions and one part-time position.
Roths has been a police officer in Caldwell for the past two years, and before that was an officer with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department for six years. During that tenure, Roths was a supervisor within the Sheriff’s Department, and also completed leadership training schools.
“It was time,” Roths said of his move into a chief’s position. “I’m familiar with the community and have worked part-time with Pauly Automotive. I know a lot of people in the Conway Springs community.”
Prior to his positions in Sumner County, Roths was a part-time police officer in Colwich, where he grew up. He also worked for the Kingman County Sheriff’s Office.
Roths is married and he and his wife have five childen. They plan on moving to Conway Springs after the first of the year.