Former Lenexa police chief Ellen Hanson has been named interim police chief in Kansas City, Kan.
Hanson, who retired last year after a 37-year law enforcement career, will take over in December when the current Kansas City, Kan., police chief, Rick Armstrong, retires.
After his retirement, Armstrong will head a new police department being formed by the Kansas City, Kan., school district.
Unified Government County Administrator Dennis Hays, who plans to retire in March, made the interim pick so his successor would have the opportunity to appoint the new chief.
“I believe that it’s best for the police department and the community that the new county administrator appoint the next police chief,” Hays said in a written statement.
Hanson was raised in Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from Wyandotte High School. As was the case in Lenexa, she will be the department’s first female police chief.
Hays said Hanson would serve as interim chief until June and not seek to fill the opening beyond that.