City Manager announces Chief of Police will leave the City’s employment

Porter ArneillCity, Police

City Manager Craig Owens announced today that Chief of Police, Gregory C. Burns Jr., has decided to leave the City’s employment to pursue other opportunities. An Interim Chief of Police will be appointed immediately to take over all the day-to-day operations of the Lawrence Police Department.

“I sincerely thank Chief Burns for his service to the City,” said Mr. Owens. He can take pride in a number of accomplishments in his tenure here, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors. The community can be assured that the Lawrence Police Department will continue its mission to protect the safety of the community with dedication to good policing and high professionalism. I am excited about the future of the Lawrence Police Department.”

Chief Burns said, “I have accomplished many of the goals I set out to achieve here in Lawrence, and the time is right for my family and me to pursue other opportunities.”

An agreement is included on the May 19 City Commission meeting agenda for commission review.

Decisions on a process to fill the position permanently will be forthcoming.

Contact: Porter Arneill, Director of Communications and Creative Resources, | 785-832-3402