-- The City of Lawrence announces its choice to lead the LPD.
The City of Lawrence and City Manager Tom Markus released an announcement on a selection for Chief of Police at the Lawrence Police Department, following this year's retirement of Chief Tariq Khatib.
Gregory Burns, Jr. of Louisville, Kentucky has been hired by the City of Lawrence to lead the police department. According to city officials, Burns is a 24-year veteran of the Louisville Police Department, now the Louisville Metro Police Department. His resume shows experience in patrol, investigations, mounted patrol, and administration. He currently commands the Support Bureau for LMPD, which includes the Major Crimes Division, Narcotics, Community Services Division, and Special Operations.
"Greg Burns is community oriented," said Markus in a released statement. "He is a team player and a problem solver."
"I am truly humbled to be afforded the opportunity to serve as the next Chief of Police of Lawrence, Kansas," said Burns. "I look forward to working with the citizens and the men and women of the police department to make Lawrence a better place to live, work, play, and learn."
City officials say the first day on the police force for Burns is scheduled for October 2, 2017.