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Overland Park names new police chief

The city of Overland Park announced Friday that it hired a new police chief to replace John Douglass who retired earlier this year.

Francis “Frank” Donchez Jr., the police chief in Davenport, Iowa, will be the Overland Park department’s fifth chief in its 54-year history.

He is scheduled to begin his new duties October 20.

“Frank is a leader with proven results in law enforcement in two other cities,” Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel said in a written statement. “His department in Davenport, Iowa, reduced its crime rate 49 percent during Frank’s six-year tenure as police chief.”

Before his stint in Davenport, Donchez was police commissioner in Bethlehem, Pa., where he rose through the ranks after starting his law enforcement career there in 1981.

He is also a licensed attorney and has served as acting city administrator in Davenport.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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