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Search to begin in earnest for new chief in Basehor

April 8, 2004

Basehor city officials will begin in the next week or two a search for a new police chief.

On Friday, April 2, Vince Weston, the city's police chief for the last 15 years, officially retired. A retirement party in Weston's honor took place Friday evening with various past and present city officials in attendance.

Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said it has not been decided how far the city will look for a new top cop. The search could be confined to the Midwestern states or spread throughout the country, he said.

City officials also haven't ruled out replacing Weston with an in-house candidate.

"We're probably going to have a couple of applicants from within the police department," Fuqua said.

Sgt. Martin Cigich, a veteran of the police force, is now serving as interim police chief until a permanent replacement can be found.

Fuqua said the search would probably begin by advertising an opening for the position.

Once several are received, a committee of three to four people will review the applications submitted, he added.

The city has already received telephone calls from people interested in the opening.

There is no timeline for finding a replacement and Fuqua said it could be a month or two before a new police chief is hired.

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