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Sioux Falls police lieutenant promoted to lead department

South Dakota’s most populous city is staying in-house to replace its outgoing police chief. Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jonathan Thum, who has been with department for 16 years, was recommended for the top job by a hiring panel of community members and other organizations. He replaces Matt Burns, who announced his retirement last month. A Sioux Falls native, Thum started his career with the city police department as a patrol officer in 2005. He has worked as a field training officer, department training officer, sergeant, lieutenant and SWAT commander. Thum holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Sioux Falls, where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.


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