Josh Berlie was sworn in as the Hall County Sheriff’s Department’s chief deputy Thursday by Sheriff Rick Conrad, right. At left is Berlie’s wife, Mary, and their three children. (The Independent/Jeff Bahr)

After working with the Grand Island Police Department for nearly 18 years, Josh Berlie has become the new Deputy Chief of the Hall County Sheriff’s Department.

Berlie, 41, was sworn in Thursday by Hall County Sheriff Rick Conrad.

For the past seven and a half years, Berlie has served as an GIPD investigator assigned to the Central Nebraska Street Safety and Drug Task Force.

As Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy, Conrad worked with Berlie on the task force for four or five years.

He said Berlie was “by far” the “right choice” for the job.

Conrad said he had been on the force task for several years when Berlie came on board.

“It was pretty obvious the guy is sharp. He picked things up so quickly,” he said.

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Conrad described Berlie as “a very smart, well-rounded cop” who is “highly respected by all of his peers”.

Getting to know Conrad, “I thought he had a good idea of ​​the right direction his department — the sheriff’s office — needs to go,” Berlie said. When Conrad asked her to join the department, “I thought it was a great opportunity and something I could really be a part of.”


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