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Chief of Police

 Chief Ellen T. Hanson 

Chief Hanson is currently serving as the Interim Police Chief for the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.  In 1975 she began her law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Lenexa, Kansas Police Department and after serving as Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief she was named Police Chief and retired after serving in that capacity for 21 years.

During her career Chief Hanson was a long standing Chairman of the Metro Squad Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors of the Police Executive Research Firm, and on the Board of Officers of the IACP and the IACP Patrol and Tactical Operations Committee. She also served as President of the Metro Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and the Johnson County Chiefs Association. She is a founding member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. She has served on the Board of Directors of Wayside Waifs, and the Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Chief Hanson has a Bachelor’s degree from Kanas University and Master’s degree from Baker University; she is a 1980 graduate of the FBI National Academy.  Career honors include the Clarence M. Kelley Police Administrator of the Year, PERF Leadership Award, KU Woman of Distinction and Clarence M. Kelley Meritorious Service Award.
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