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Scott Cronk. Scott Cronk. Emporia Police Department photo

Emporia Police Chief Scott Cronk is retiring, and city leadership is taking this time to both find a new department leader and see what other personnel adjustments may be needed.

City Manager Mark McAnarney says the process will start by setting the search criteria. And that won't start until January.

Deputy Chief Ed Owens is now the interim chief. City Commissioner Jon Geitz expects a nationwide search, but he'd like some internal candidates to step forward.

Commissioner Rob Gilligan believes the city should cast a wide net.

Commissioner Becky Smith says Cronk's retirement also provides an opportune time to look at the department's organizational chart and plan for changes, whether in numbers or structure.


The department currently has around 45 officers and nearly 25 civilian staffers.

Cronk assumed the police chief role in 2013 after the resignation of Gary Smith in 2012. Cronk has not commented on his retirement, which is effective Jan. 1.

12:30 pm Tuesday: Emporia announces police chief's retirement

Emporia Police Chief Scott Cronk has announced his retirement.

Cronk will serve through December, with his retirement effective New Year's Day.

Cronk started his career with Emporia Police as a reserve officer in July 1981. He became a full-time commissioned officer in February 1983 and became chief in 2013.

Deputy Chief Ed Owens will serve as interim chief until a permanent chief is announced.

Cronk has been unavailable for comment, but in a news release he thanked Emporians for the support he and the department have received during his years of service.

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