Topeka announces new police chief, the interim chief will stay

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – Topeka City Manager Brent Trout announced Tuesday morning that Topeka Interim Police chief Bryan Wheeles has been selected to be the new Topeka police chief.  

Topeka City Manager Brent Trout announced Tuesday morning that  Bryan Wheeles has been selected to be the new Topeka police chief. (KSNT Photo/Mark Feuerborn)

Topeka has been without a permanent police chief since former Police Chief Bill Cochran retired on Jan. 1, 2021.

“I look forward to moving the city forward,” Wheeles said after his wife pinned the Chief’s badge on him.

The new chief spoke about his family and thanked his family. “Without their support, there is no way I would have accomplished what I have,” Wheeles said.

“I look forward to continuing the crime reduction stats that we had in 2021,” Wheeles said.

On Nov. 9 the City of Topeka announced the final four candidates that had been chosen for the position of Topeka Police Chief.

They were Interim Chief of Police Bryan Wheeles, Sonia Russell, of the Detroit Police Department, Rance Quinn, a 32-year law enforcement veteran serving Wyandotte County, and Major Russell Klumpp, a 27-year veteran of the Topeka Police Department.

According to Gretchen Spiker, Interim Media Relations Director for the City of Topeka, City Manager Brent Trout, ultimately makes the hiring decision in partnership with the Governing Body.

Wheeles began his career with the Topeka Police Department in June of 1994. He has worked in
several capacities at the police department that include: a patrol officer, a narcotics investigator, a
homicide detective, Sergeant in the Criminal Intelligence Unit, Lieutenant over Homicide/Special Victims Unit, Captain-Executive Officer & the Deputy Chief of Police.

Since January of 2021, he has served as the Interim Chief of Police for the Topeka Police Department.

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December 31 2021 11:59 pm