The city of Lenexa has appointed Thomas Hongslo, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement, as its next police chief.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve the recommendation that Hongslo be promoted to lead the police department and replace Chief Ellen Hanson, who is retiring after 38 years of service to the city. Hanson became chief in 1991.
Hongslo, who joined the Lenexa Police Department in 1995, has served as captain and patrol commander, where he commanded the patrol and investigations division.
His salary is $116,000 a year plus a $5,700 car allowance.
He has also served as a patrol officer, a K-9 officer, sergeant of the K-9 unit, a member of the directed patrol unit and investigations division and as a watch commander.
Prior to joining the city, he served with the Platte County Sheriff’s Department and the Mission Police Department.
Meanwhile, Hanson’s retirement ceremony will be 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak St., Lenexa. It is open to the public.
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