TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The search is on.
The City of Topeka is beginning to make plans for life after Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller. Last month, President Barack Obama tapped Miller to be the state's next U.S. Marshall.
According to Topeka City Manager Jim Colson, the city's outlined a multi-process to pick its next top cop, should Miller be confirmed. Their first goal, said Colson, is to talk to Topeka Police officers and other law enforcement officials as well as other elected officials to develop a candidate profile.
They will then use that feedback to build a job description and begin recruiting. Colson said they plan to look both internally and outside the city's force for the best person.
Already, city officials know they are looking for "someone with well-developed leadership and law enforcement skills, who understands the importance of community policing and neighborhood safety."
And, in the meantime, they are "very confident" they have a qualified candidate to serve in any interim.
While they are working with Miller on his schedule, they expect to have a new chief by the fall.