Kansas City Star Desperately Hopes To Pick Next Top Cop

Here's something that locals need to consider . . .

With lower circulation, hedge fund ownership and printing in Iowa . . .


Sadly, local TV news doesn't really cover this kind of political intrigue and social media typically tamps down any opinions that are too controversial. 

Our TKC blog community argument . . . 

The Kansas City Star has been so undeniably anti-police over the past two years that any suggestion or reporting from the organization deserves a great deal of skepticism. 

As always, on this blog we want readers to be skeptical about EVERYTHING.

For now . . . Here's a peek at local newsprint propaganda . . .

The names that have emerged so far as potential local candidates include:

- Deputy Chief Doug Niemeier, who leads the department’s executive services bureau;

- Randy Hopkins, a former KCPD deputy chief who currently is chief of public security for Rockhurst University;

- Maj. Dan Haley, a commander for the department’s research and development division;

- Maj. Kari D. Thompson, a former department spokeswoman who now is East Patrol Division commander;

- Floyd Mitchell, a former KCPD major who is chief in Lubbock, Texas.

None of the potential candidates would confirm with The Star that they plan to seek the permanent job. It is unknown what candidates the board could add from a nationwide search. However, many of the possible local candidates have attended a variety of community events, including a series of recent listening sessions that were sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other civic, community and business organizations. 

Those gatherings were aimed at getting public feedback on what qualities residents want in their next chief. The findings are scheduled to be released at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday during the monthly police board meeting at the downtown Kansas City Police Department headquarters.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

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