Independence Police Chief Tom Dailey, who has led the department since September 2008, will retire effective July 21, the city announced Friday afternoon.
Deputy Chief Brad Halsey, a 24-year veteran of the Independence Police Department, has been chosen to succeed Dailey as the new police chief following that date.
Dailey succeeded Fred Mills as police chief in 2008 following more than 27 years with the Kansas City Police Department. He had worked in the North Kansas City Police Department for a year prior to that.
“Chief Dailey has served the community very well and has been instrumental in helping reduce crime through the CORE program (Crime Overview Response and Evaluation) he introduced,” City Manager John Pinch said in a news release announcing the impending change. “Deputy Chief Halsey has demonstrated leadership and understanding of and commitment to this community for years. He has the skill set, integrity and professionalism to serve the city as our new police chief.”
Halsey graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor's in criminal justice and earned a master's from the Naval Postgraduate School. He began with IPD as a patrol officer in 1992 and has worked in the investigations unit, drug enforcement unit and special operations division before being promoted to deputy chief in 2010. He is also serving on the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee.
In a news release, Halsey said he was “grateful and honored” for the opportunity.
“The dedication of the men and women of this police department, combined with this great community, makes this occasion exceptional for me and my family,” he said. “The Independence Police Department is held in the highest regard in the Kansas City metropolitan area and it is my commitment to continue the outstanding police service this community deserves.”
The Independence Police Department has more than 300 employees, 203 of them commissioned officers.
Dailey earned his bachelor's degree in education from UCM and master's degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and Park University. He joined the North Kansas City force in 1979, moved to the Kansas City department in December 1980. Last October he received the Clarence M. Kelley Award from the Kansas City Crime Commission. The award is named after a former Kansas City Police Chief and the second Director of the FBI and was created to recognize an active law enforcement administrator in the metro area.
“It's not something you plan,” Dailey said of his rise through the police ranks, when he talked with The Examiner about the Kelley Award, “but my superiors pushed me a lot to take promotional tests.
“I love being a policeman. I loved waking up on the side of right every day. When you have a passion for something, you'll do well in the field.”
Dailey said then his proudest achievement was the atmosphere he helped develop in the department, “Where everybody works together and is doing his job for the right reasons – not just for his benefit. I've never had an idea where officers and sergeants didn't make it better.
“I've said, 'Just because I wear the eagles,’” he said, referring to the uniform patch that indicates his rank as chief, “doesn't make me any smarter than everybody else.”