Topeka Names New Police Chief

By: Justin Surrency Nick Viviani Email
By: Justin Surrency Nick Viviani Email
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka has a new top cop. On Friday, the city named James Brown its new permanent police chief. He will start on October 1, 2014.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the citizens and officers of Topeka, Kansas,” Brown said. “I am very excited to get started and look forward to working with Tony Kirk and the rest of the command team. My wife Cheryl and I look forward to our move to the Capital City.”

Brown is the assistant police chief in Kansas City, Kansas, where he has worked his way up the ranks in 23-year career. He also serves as senior command chief for the Kansas Air National Guard.

“Throughout the selection process, Mr. Brown has demonstrated a substantial skill set and commitment to community policing," said City Manager Jim Colson. "I am confident that he will serve Topeka well and allow us to build on the foundation that currently exist within the Topeka Police Department."

Brown said his different perspective comes from his experience outside the city of Topeka. He says he believes organizations can often benefit from someone who brings in different ways of doing business. In considering the position, he says he contacted a handful of community leaders to hear their perspectives on the challenges facing the city. He says he could focus on using community policing and intelligence-led policing, taking information and data to formulate and implement strategies.

City officials say 25 people applied for the position. Four were interviewed before Brown and Kirk were chosen finalists.

Former Police Chief Ron Miller is awaiting confirmation as the new U.S. Marshal for Kansas. He stepped down at the end of July.

Click the video above to see what Brown told 13 News' Melissa Brunner. Below is what the video released by the city with statements from Mayor Larry Wolgast and City Manager Jim Colson.


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