McCoy, who said he applied because of the challenges and the fact that his daughter attends the University of Missouri, could not be reached for comment Friday, though he said in a previous article in The Examiner:


Two finalists for Columbia’s police chief position have been chosen, but Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy isn’t one of them.

Chief Ken Burton of Haltom City, Texas, and Major Christine Laughlin from the Kansas City Police Department are the remaining finalists, according to The Associated Press.

After having selected four finalists earlier this month, Columbia city leaders on Friday narrowed the list to two.

McCoy, who said he applied because of the challenges and the fact that his daughter attends the University of Missouri, could not be reached for comment Friday, though he said in a previous article in The Examiner:

“I can’t say enough about Blue Springs and the challenges it has given me. If I don’t get the job, then I still have Blue Springs.”

Burton spent most of his career in Arlington, Texas, and spent two years as chief in Bryan, Texas, before taking the top job in Haltom City in 2003.

Laughlin, who would be Columbia’s first female police chief , has worked her entire police career in Kansas City, since 1983.