Chief Thomas K. CasadyChief from 1994 - 2011
Chief Tom Casady has had a distinguished law enforcement career, and has contributed to law enforcement internationally, nationally, within Nebraska and his hometown of Lincoln. He received his bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a Masters of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
His law enforcement career began in 1974 with the Lincoln Police Department. He achieved the rank of lieutenant in 1986, just before leaving in 1987 to serve as the Chief Deputy of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. In 1991, he became the Lancaster County Sheriff replacing Sheriff Ron Tussing and was subsequently appointed by Mayor Mike Johanns as Chief of Police for Lincoln in 1994. He is well known for his technology savvy and willingness to share his ideas and projects with other agencies.
During his tenure, Chief Casady was instrumental in reshaping the way the Lincoln Police Department investigates domestic violence, domestic abuse and neglect cases. Protecting the victims is a top priority for him. The department offers a Victim/Witness Unit and full-time investigator assigned as a Domestic Violence Coordinator. Chief Casady was also among several local officials that chaired a campaign committed to the development of a child advocacy center in the community. By assisting the victims and arming them with knowledge, he sees that future incidents can be prevented.
Chief Casady was active in reducing binge alcohol drinking and was a strong supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He served as the co-chair with the Vice Chancellor at University of Nebraska- Lincoln on a Community Coalition working to reduce binge drinking. Under Chief Casady's leadership, the City of Lincoln witnessed a 22% reduction in Part 1 crimes while; at the same time, Lincoln's population increased 26%. From 2000 to 2009, the City of Lincoln experienced a 68% increase in DUI arrests. Attention to this issue led to a 3% reduction in total traffic accidents and a 21% reduction in injury accidents. Assaults with a weapon dropped 7.5% and assaults without weapons were down 19% over the same period.
In 2011, Chief Casady was appointed Public Safety Director by Mayor Beutler. He was given responsibility for three city agencies with over 760 employees who provide police, fire, emergency medical services, and public safety communications for Lincoln's municipality of 265,000 citizens. Casady retired as Public Safety Director in March 2019.