Jerad Shepard Chief of Police
Chief of Police
Mayor and City Council are proud to announce, that we hired Jared Shepard for our Chief of Police. He started with Minatare January 3, 2022.

Jared began his career in law enforcement with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office in December of 20211 and graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center Basic Academy in April of 2012. He remained employed by the Sheriff’s Office to mid-2016 when he and hiss family moved to Washington State. Jared worked as an officer for the city of Wenatchee for just over 5 years before he and his family relocated back to the Scottsbluff area.

Throughout his career Jared has served in the capacity of a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer and SWAT Team Operator, and now the New Chief of Police for Minatare NE. Jared and his wife have two daughters, Ruth and Bette. Jared and his family are happy to be back in Western Nebraska with family and friends.

Jared has appointed Matt Rockwell as his fulltime Officer, Matt has 23 years in law Enforcement and is respected by all of his peers. They make a GREAT Team.


MPD Made History
Since Minatare, NE was founded in 1887 the Police Dept. has never been accredited. Now under the direction of our dedicated Chief Shepard who received a letter July 20, 2022 which reads: Dear Chief Shepard: Per the Commission's assessment of your agency's accreditation submission, your agency has met the requirements to be accredited under the Commission's program. In the coming weeks you will receive a certificate that attests to your agency's accreditation status. Please accept my congratulations on attaining accreditation. should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Commission Staff handling accreditation at Sincerely, Dr. Don Arp, Jr., Executive Director, Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. According to Carolyn Nelson our City Clerk who has been City Clerk for 40 years told us in her 40 years as City Clerk, this is the FIRST TIME Minatare Police Department EVER Received Accreditation! CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW CHIEF Jared Shepard & Officer Matt Rockwell FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION FOR The City of Minatare, and our residents. WE DO APPRECIATE YOU!

Minatare Police Dept.
Police Department Information
Minatare Police Department Information
  • #600 Jared Shepard Chief of Police
  • #601 Matt Rockwell/ Police Officer
  • #602 Mike Winget / Police Officer
  • If you need an Officer for a Non- Emergency, you may call 308-436-6666 Communication Center

  • Angie Hernadez City Clerk
    Angie Hernandez / City Clerk
  • Angie started with the City of Minatare Novemeber 2022
  • WELCOME to City of Minatare!!
  • Mayor/ Cheryl Spencer, Council President/Celeste Sanchez, Council Member/Frank Costa Council Member/Barb Ross, Council Member/ John Grumbles
  • Minatare Police Chief/Jared Shepard, Police Officer/ Matt Rockwell, Police Officer /Mike Widget