TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A long-time leader now has a permanent place in the halls of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Current KBI Director Kirk Thompson unveiled a display case Tuesday at KBI headquarters chronicling the career of Larry Welch.
Welch retired in 2007, after heading up the agency for twelve-and-a-half years. He retired with the second-longest tenure among directors in the agency's history.
Among those offering congratulations Tuesday were current Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and former Attorney General Bob Stephen, who appointed Welch to the director's job.
Welch called the recognition "overwhelming" and said the accomplishments were not his.
"My objective was always to surround myself with people smarter than me, then give them what they needed to do the job and get out of the way," Welch said.
He spent 25 years with the FBI, before joining the KBI. He says he had a life-long fascination with the agency, growing up in a small town that had a local agent assigned.
Since he retired, Welch wrote a book on the history of the KBI called "Beyond Cold Blood," referring to perhaps the KBI's most well-known case, the Clutter family murders in Garden City immortalized in Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood."