Archive for Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Sgt. Larson leaves BCPD

January 29, 2003

The Baldwin City Police Department's second in command resigned last week after 16 years on the force.

Sgt. Colleen Larson, who has been with the BCPD full time since 1986, submitted a letter of resignation to Police Chief Mike McKenna Jan. 20.

McKenna said he could not discuss the reasons why Larson had resigned.

"Because it's a personnel issue, I can't comment more," he said. "It would be improper for me to comment on it publicly."

Larson said she didn't want to comment at this time, other than to say she resigned for personal reasons.

Included in her many years of service was a recent several-month stint as interim police chief, filling the position until McKenna's arrival from Wichita in December.

McKenna said he has yet to determine how to fill Larson's position.

"That decision hasn't been approached yet," he said. "I think it would be wise to study the situation before we just take action without looking at our staffing. We'll make the decision in the next three to six months."

Until then, that leaves the department with seven full-time officers, including McKenna, and one part-time officer.

"It's an empty spot in our organization," McKenna said of Larson's vacant position, "but we'll fill the gaps as necessary."

Larson had started a two-week medical leave Jan. 20 as directed by her doctor, according to City Administrator Larry Paine. However, she delivered the resignation the same day.

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