Great Bend selects new police chief

The Great Bend City Council at its meeting Monday appointed Interim Great Bend Police Chief David Bailey to fulfill the position permanently.

Bailey, formerly a lieutenant with the department, was appointed interim chief on Dec. 8. He held the interim tag for one week prior to the council's vote to make him the city's next permanent police chief.

The City of Great Bend says Bailey has been with the police department for almost 40 years in different capacities.

"He has done an exemplary job in leading the Detective Division as a senior Lieutenant. His knowledge, experience and professionalism will help him lead the department successfully," a Dec. 8 news release from Interim Great Bend City Administrator George Kolb said.

In accepting the interim police chief role earlier this month, Bailey said he was honored to be selected to lead the department using his "education and experience to help better unify and progress (the) department."

“Our department has been through good times and bad together, we have great talent and I know that together we can help make Great Bend a better place," Bailey said.