PITTSBURG — Pittsburg Police Chief Mendy Hulvey will be stepping down later this year.

According to a release from the City of Pittsburg, Hulvey has announced her retirement effective June 29 after 17 years with the department.

“It has been my privilege to work with Chief Hulvey as she is a critical piece of our management team and a valuable resource to our community,” Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall said in the release. “Mendy’s professionalism and her commitment to the safety and well-being of our community have led to vast improvements at the Pittsburg Police Department. She is a forward thinker and a good friend, and I wish her all the best in her retirement.”

According to the release, Hulvey began her law enforcement career in 1985 as a police officer in Columbus, her hometown.

While serving at CPD, she was promoted to sergeant. She left Columbus to attend graduate school at California State University, in San Bernardino, California. Following graduate school, she returned to Kansas, where she served as a patrol officer with the Pittsburg Police Department starting in September 2000, the release said.

She earned a promotion to Administrative Sergeant in 2001, and was appointed the Deputy Chief of Police 2002, serving alongside Pittsburg Police Chief Michael O. Hall. Upon Chief Hall’s retirement in 2004, Mendy was promoted to Chief of Police by then City Manager Allen Gill.

During her career with the Pittsburg Police Department, Chief Hulvey led multiple efforts to improve the department’s operations.

According to the release, She was instrumental in promoting the public safety sales tax, which funded the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center. She also promoted the establishment of another public safety sales tax, which has allowed for an expansion of personnel, technology and equipment for the police department.

As chief, Hulvey obtained numerous grants, including one which enabled the department to fill three unfunded officer positions left vacant due to the financial fallout from the Great Recession.

Additionally, Hulvey established the Pittsburg Police Department’s annual Citizens Academy, an educational program that allows residents, workers, and students the opportunity to learn about the functions of the police department firsthand.

Hulvey has served on the Salvation Army Board of Directors, Children’s Advocacy Center Board of Directors, Elm Acres Youth Services Board of Directors, and has served on the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board both locally and at the State level. Hulvey has also served for many years on Grant Advisory and Review Committees through the Kansas Attorney General’s Victims Services Office.

Hulvey holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Missouri Southern State University, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, San Bernardino, California. She is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Central State Law Enforcement Executive Development program. She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s prestigious National Academy program.