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Chief of Police

On January 6, 2014, Ellen Hanson was named the interim Chief of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, following the retirement of Chief Rick Armstrong on December 11, 2013. 

After a 37-year career in Law Enforcement, Hanson retired from the City of Lenexa in October 2012, after serving as Chief of Police since 1991.  She has a B.A. Degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Management from Baker University.  Hanson is also a 1980 graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and past president of the Johnson County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association.  She became the first female police chief not only in Lenexa, but the Kansas City area. She will also be the first female chief for KCKPD. “I am looking forward to a brief return to public service and believe that there is no better place to do this than at the KCK Police Department.” - Kansas City Kansan

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