Auburn Police Chief successfully balances law enforcement and family

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- Chief Christopher Keys describes his profession as an enjoyable balancing act.

When you walk in to Chief Christopher Key’s office in Auburn, you'll see two very different uniforms.

"I started working in Auburn Police Department in 1998 just as supplemental income but I guess what makes me unique is I work full time for the Shawnee county sheriff's office as a sergeant in fugitive warrants unit"

On certain days of the week deputy Christopher Keys leaves the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and becomes Auburn’s Chief of Police.

Keys says being Chief at Auburn is much more than just paperwork.

"It's a balancing act, it's something that ended up being more difficult than i thought it would just because of the time restraints and the requirements of the chief’s position are more than i really expected”

It’s two roles that don't leave much free time and it can be especially hard for a family man.

"I'm married, I have one son who's in college and one daughter who's in middle school"

He works it out in his schedule to ensure he gets to spend time with his family.

"I have a pretty good set schedule" I really enjoy going to my kid's sports activities my son growing up loved baseball and my daughter plays softball so I enjoy going to all of the games and practices I can"

Chief Key’s says spending time with his family and finding enjoyment in his job is what motivates him to continue both of his positions

"Growing up with the morals and doing what's right and helping people from that aspect just seemed to fit for me. It's something that you have to want to do especially in this profession you have to get enjoyment out of it and I really enjoy it."