Timing a concern with Great Bend council's naming of new police chief

GREAT BEND, Kan. The Great Bend City Council this week appointed a familiar face to take permanently take a key leadership role in the city.

The council officially named Great Bend Police Lt. David Bailey as police chief after he had served as interim chief. The city says Bailey has served the department for almost 40 years, but some in the community aren't happy with the timing of the decision.

Bailey says he's put a lot of time and effort into the department and into the community.

"I think i"m the person who can help move it forward," he says.

But some in the community voiced concerns, not about Bailey, but about the current council electing officials instead of waiting for new members to take over in January.

Bailey says he would have been happy to wait for new council members to come in before he officially became chief, but ultimately, he had no control over the timing of the decision.

"The vote of the council is not up to me. That's up to the council," Bailey says.

He also says he wants to work closely with the people of Great Bend and to have a transparent relationship. So, if something is on a citizen's mind, Bailey says there's a simple solution.

"Talk to me. Come and talk to me. Let's sit down and let's talk about it," he says.