City of Topeka doesn't look far to find new chief

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Interim Police Chief Bill Cochran is losing the interim part of his title.

Bill Cochran (Source: City of Topeka)

On Friday, Topeka City Manager Brent Trout announced Cochran's selection as the new Chief of Police. A 31-year-veteran with the Topeka police force, Cochran had been the interim chief since November.

“After meeting with candidates, Bill rose up as the best candidate to be the Police Chief for the City of Topeka,” Trout said. “Bill Cochran has done a wonderful job at the police department since starting as the interim Police Chief in November."

Cochran will shed that interim title immediately, the City said.

“I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity to serve the citizens of Topeka as the Chief of Police," Cochran said. "The City of Topeka is my community and a community that I care dearly for.”

Cochran went on to say he has already initiated changes since taking over the department and is looking forward to continue working on those projects - a sentiment Trout echoed.

I’m excited to see him continue the great work he has started and implement other innovative initiatives,” he said.

Since joining the TPD, Cochran has worked in multiple capacities, including homicide, traffic, patrol, field operations, and criminal investigations.

He also was a member of the Army National Guard for 20 years, retiring as a 1st Lieutenant in 2005.

In his capacity as Chief, he will earn $135,500 per year.