A new police chief is set to take over in Leawood on Sept. 18.
On Monday, Leawood City Council unanimously appointed current Deputy Chief Troy Rettig to the post. A 22-year veteran of the Leawood Police Department, Rettig said he is grateful to be serving his community.
“I know of no other police department that gets the support that we do — from council and the community,” he said.
He went on to commend the current department.
“They are the finest group of people I know,” Rettig said. “Words can’t express how proud I feel.”
Also on Monday, council recognized retiring Police Chief John Meier for his service and presented him with a plaque.
Meier became chief in 2006 after retiring as a captain in the Lenexa Police Department in 2005.
In addition to leading the department, he led a team that helped take the Leawood Justice Center from research phase to its eventual completion in 2013.
“It’s been a great run,” Meier said. “I had the opportunity to do a job I wanted to do at a place that I was happy with.”
In a resolution recognizing his service, council noted, “He is independent and outspoken, always pursuing what he believes is best for his department and community.”
Mayor Peggy Dunn added, “We’re so grateful for you, Chief Meier. You leave huge shoes to fill.”
Meier said he enjoyed his job.
“It’s been wonderful. I thank you for all of your support and friendship.”
In other news, the front entrance to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Town Center Crossing will soon get a new look that includes masonry.
The luxury home décor store, located at Roe Avenue and 119th Street, opened in May with a temporary certificate of occupancy due to a glitch. Prior to opening, it was discovered that the masonry that was supposed to be on the front facade to match the development’s design plan would not arrive in time.
So, the owner had stucco applied across the entire front and moved ahead with the opening. Not minding the look, the company requested that the city council approve an exception to allow them to keep the stucco and just apply 12 inches of granite to cap off the stucco.
The Planning Commission sent the issue to council Monday with a recommendation to deny the request. Council unanimously agreed an exception should not be made.
Councilwoman Carrie Rezac agreed with the store owner that stucco and granite stands out and has elegance. But she noted that council has to look at precedence. She didn’t want council to set a precedent that would allow for other tenants or future tenants to diverge from the established aesthetics of the development.