Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller will retire from his position as of Feb. 2, sheriff Don Read announced Wednesday. Mueller will continue with the department as a part-time deputy.
Capt. Jeff Moore - who has served with the department since May 2009 - has been named as the replacement for Mueller. Moore has been serving as captain of investigations.
Mueller began his stint with the sheriff’s department in 2002, after a long career with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He served as chief investigator for the sheriff until being promoted to undersheriff in 2009 when Read was first elected.
He also spent four years, early in his career, as a special agent with the FBI. He intends to continue helping the sheriff’s office on a part-time basis while giving much needed attention to the farm he and his wife, Belinda, own southeast of Winfield.
He also plans on spending more time with their horses.
Moore was hired nearly four years ago, upon retiring after 30 years with the Arkansas City Police Department.
During his tenure there, Capt. Moore served in all phases of the agency and spent his last eleven years as the chief investigator for that department.
In addition to his service with the ACPD, Moore served for 25 years with the U.S. Army Reserve which included three separate deployments to Southwest Asia.
Captain Moore and his wife, DeeDee, who is retired as an administrative assistant with the Cowley County Attorney’s Office, live in rural Arkansas City.