Captain Scott Bieberle

Under the direction of the Police Chief, Scott Bieberle directs and supervises the daily activities of the Patrol Division, Detective Division and Administrative Division. Captain Bieberle is responsible for conducting thorough background investigations on Police applicants and overseeing the professional standards of all department personnel. 

Captain Bieberle started his law enforcement career in 1992 as a Police Officer with the Great Bend Police Department. Captain Bieberle has served in various roles during this career, working his way up to Police Captain.

In this role, Captain Bieberle assists the Chief of Police with establishing goals for the department, directs special investigations and internal affairs, and acts for the Chief of Police in his absence, or upon his direction.

Lieutenant Scott Harper

Scott Harper is the Administrative Lieutenant. He is responsible for overseeing the Records Division, training, records management, and the Special Services Team.

Lieutenant Harper started his law enforcement career in 1982 as a member of the Goodland, KS Police Department. He joined the Great Bend Police Department in 1989. Lieutenant Harper has served in various roles at the Department,  including duties as a Detective and a sniper on the Special Services Team. In this role, Lieutenant Harper is responsible for overseeing various departmental functions that do not fall under the Patrol or Detective Divisions.

Lieutenant Harper holds numerous instructor certifications, including Taser, impact weapon, chemical munitions, and use of force instructor. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree from National American University.

Lieutenant Jason Settle

Lieutenant Settle is the Patrol Lieutenat. He is responsible for overseeing the patrol division of the Department. 

Lieutenant Settle started his law enforcement career in 1999 as a member of the Pawnee County Sheriffs Office.He joined the Great Bend Police Department in 2000. 

He has served various roles in the department working his way through the ranks. He started as a patrol officer working his way up to his current position as Patrol Lieutenant. 

During the majority of his time at the department Lieutenant Settle has been a member of the Special Services Team along with being the Team Leader for the last several years.

Lieutenant Settle instructs Active Shooter classes and provides vulnerability assessments for the community. Lieutenant Settle also is in charge of managing special events along with overseeing the crossing guards. 

Lieutenant Settle holds numerous certifications. He also has an Associates degree from Barton Community College.

Lieutenant Heather Smith

Lieutenant Smith started her law enforcement career in 1998 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Barton County Sheriff's Office. She was hired on at the Great Bend Police Department in 2002.

Since 1998, Lieutenant Smith has held the positions of Detention Officer, Deputy Sheriff, and Police Officer. After becoming a Police Officer, she served as a Corporal and an acting Sergeant in the Patrol Division and was promoted to the Detective Division in 2007. Smith was promoted to the position of Lieutenant in 2018 and continues her work in the Detective Division.

Lieutenant Smith was a Hoisington High School graduate of 1996 and earned her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in 1998.


The Administration Unit is headed by the Department's Executive Officer, who is responsible for overseeing:

  • Training
  • Records Management
  • Technology
  • Special Units
  • Compliance with various state and federal regulations

Special Units

Some of the Special Units that are overseen by the Executive Officer are:

  • School Resource Officer: This position, jointly funded by the City and the School District, places a sworn officer in the schools and provides a primary point of contact for the Department's various youth outreach initiatives.
  • Special Services Team (SST): This team, staffed by officers in addition to their regular full time duties, is trained to deal with high risk situation which require special training and equipment.
  • K-9
  • Bike Patrol