Topeka hires KCK officer as new police chief

TOPEKA, Kan. - Topeka has hired an assistant police chief from Kansas City, Kansas, to become the capital city's new chief.

The city announced in a news release Friday it had hired James L. Brown as police chief, effective Oct. 1. Brown will replace Chief Ron Miller, who retired July 31.

Brown's will be paid $142,500, an increase from $113,119 paid to Miller, who was chief in Kansas City, Kansas before being hired in Topeka in 2006.

Brown has been Kansas City, Kansas, assistant police chief since 2011. He was an officer there since 1991. He also serves in the Kansas Air National Guard as a chief master sergeant.

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