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Search for new police chief to begin soon

March 25, 2004

A search for a new Basehor police chief will begin in the next couple of weeks, city administrator David Fuqua said this week.

On Monday, current police chief Vince Weston submitted his resignation for medical reasons (see related story, page 1A). The City Council accepted the resignation Monday night.

Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said the city was grateful to Weston for his dedication to the community during the last 15 years he's served as Basehor's top cop.

"The city of Basehor, myself as well as the Council, greatly appreciate the time and effort Vince Weston has put in," the mayor said.

"He will be greatly missed."

On Monday afternoon, Fuqua said the search for a new chief would take at least a month or two and that no date is targeted for hiring Weston's replacement.

The city will most likely take 30 days to advertise an opening for the position and another month to screen and interview candidates, the city administrator said.

Fuqua didn't rule out staying in-house to find a new police chief and said the city would give candidates from inside the department due consideration.

"You have to do that," he said. "You have to give employees who have been here and paid their dues credit for what they've done."

A reasonable timeframe for a permanent police chief is June, but the city would take as much time as needed to find a person to oversee the city's public safety, Fuqua said.

Sgt. Martin Cigich will serve as interim police chief until a permanent replacement is found. He said the police department would continue to operate under the same stewardship Weston used.

"We'll just carry on as if he's still here," Cigich said. "We're just going to continue the quality of law enforcement we've had in the past. We've got a real good crew right now, a real good team. We'll just make sure we remain reputable and continue serving the community."

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