Independence Police Chief Tom Dailey will retire July 21

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Tom Dailey The Kansas City Star

Independence Police Chief Tom Dailey will retire this summer, city officials announced Friday.

His retirement will be effective July 21 and he will be replaced by Deputy Police Chief Brad Halsey.

Dailey has been the chief of police since 2008.

“I believe the department has made great progress for the city and am extremely proud of the men and women who serve the citizens in an exemplary fashion,” Dailey said in a written statement with the retirement notice.

Before taking the post in Independence, Dailey had been with the Kansas City Police Department for more than 27 years. He started his career in North Kansas City in 1979.

In later years, Dailey served on the executive committee of the Kansas City Regional Terrorism Early Warning Center, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Mid-America Regional Council’s Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee.

City Manager John Pinch praised Dailey while announcing the change in leadership.

“Chief Dailey has served the community very well and has been instrumental in helping reduce crime,” Pinch wrote in a statement released Friday. “Deputy Chief Halsey has demonstrated leadership and an understanding of and commitment to this community for years. He has the skill set, integrity and professionalism to serve the city well as our new police chief.”

Halsey became deputy chief in 2010 and has worked in the department’s investigations, drug enforcement and special operations units. He started his career in Independence as a patrol officer in 1992. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

“I am both grateful and honored for this opportunity to serve the city of Independence as the next chief of police,” Halsey said in a written statement Friday. “The Independence Police Department is held in the highest regard in the Kansas City metropolitan area and it is my commitment to continue the outstanding police service this community deserves.”