Lawrence Police Capt. Dan Ward has been chosen as the new police chief for the city of Ark City. He replaces Sean Wallace, who retired earlier this fall and took a job in Guatemala.
The 50-year-old Ward told NewsCow Wednesday that the city had offered the position and he accepted it. He must still complete and pass a pre-employment physical, which he has scheduled for today.
Ward expects to be on the job in Ark City on Jan. 31. He is retiring from his position in Lawrence after 27 years of service.
Ward said he has already met with local police Capt. Mark McCaslin, who has served as interim administrator for the department during the search for a full-time replacement. McCaslin was also a candidate for the position. Ward said McCaslin will remain a Capt. with the force.
“I couldn’t do the job without him,” Ward said. “I think we’re going to be good teammates.”
The Lawrence native, who has spent his entire life living in that city, said he was impressed with Ark City, especially the police department.
After years as captain in Lawrence - including a position in media relations - he said he was looking for a job as chief with a smaller department.
“Captain is the highest you can go here, besides chief,” Ward said of Lawrence. “I’m a big proponent of community policing and I wanted to find a department with 30 officers or less. Where you can really have that connection with each officer.”