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 IPD, has been chosen to take over as the new police chief following that date.

Dailey took over leadership of the IPD following 27 years with the Kansas City Police Department. He had worked in the North Kansas City Police Department prior to that.

Halsey graduated from the University of Central Missouri (Central Missouri State at the time) 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.