School Resource Officers
Kearney Police Department
Sergeant J.C. Small #335
Sergeant Small is a graduate of Kearney High School, class of 2000. He earned his bachelors of science degree, with a major in criminal justice, from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, class of 2004. Sergeant Small was employed with the Keith County Sheriff’s Office (Nebraska) from 2005-2010 as a deputy sheriff and as a sergeant. He returned to Kearney in 2010 where he joined the Kearney Police Department as a police officer and was later promoted to sergeant in 2018. Sergeant Small currently oversees the Special Services Unit, which encompasses the department’s school resource officers. He is married and has four children, all who attend Kearney Public Schools.
Officer Nathan Dennis #241
Officer Dennis is a graduate of Kearney High School, class of 1994. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy and moved back to Kearney. Officer Dennis started his career with the Kearney Police Department in 2015 as a patrol officer. He has additionally served as a field training officer, member of the honor guard, negotiator for the Emergency Services Unit, and began his current role as a school resource officer in 2021. Officer Dennis is also active as a TeamMates Mentor and serves on the Board of Directors for TeamMates - Kearney chapter. Officer Dennis is married, has one daughter and two granddaughters.
Officer Cody Weldon #219
Officer Weldon began his career with Kearney Police Department in 2017. He has specialized in several areas, including patrol officer, traffic crash reconstruction, sniper on the Emergency Services Unit, as well as a school resource officer. Officer Weldon enjoys engaging with the youth in our community as a mentor, and serves on the Board of Directors for the TeamMates mentoring program. Officer Weldon is married and has two daughters.
Officer Boyd Weller #214
Officer Weller started his career with the Kearney Police Department as a community service officer in December of 2004. Officer Weller graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree, with a major in criminal justice and a minor in psychology, in May of 2006. In November of 2006 he started his career as a police officer and completed the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in April of 2007. In July of 2014 Officer Weller joined the Criminal Investigations Division as a general investigator. In June of 2021 Officer Weller rotated back to the patrol division with the Kearney Police Department and in January 2023 he took on the role of School Resource Officer. Officer Weller is a Kearney/Buffalo County Fatality Accident Investigation Team member, a Forensic Cell Phone Analyst, and a certified D.A.R.E. Instructor. Officer Weller is married with three children.