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The City of Eudora has hired Bill Edwards as the new Police Chief.  Edwards is currently the Chief of Police in Park City, KS which is just north of Wichita.

Prior to Edwards tenure in Park City, which began in 2007, he served as a Major of Operations with the Kansas City Kansas Police Department for 32 years.

Interim Police Chief Dave Burger, who coordinated the search process for a new Chief, was very excited about the new hire.

“Spending nearly three months in Eudora, I’ve met many members of the community and have come to know and respect all of the members of the Eudora Police Department,” Burger said. “From my perspective, Eudora has hit a home run with this hire.  Bill Edwards is a true caring professional who will effectively lead the police department for years to come.”

Edwards was among 120 applicants for the position of Police Chief. The selection process included  interviews before a citizen panel, law enforcement panel, department heads, the city administrator, and a meet and greet with the Eudora Police Officers.

Jason Hoover, Executive President of Kaw Valley State Bank, who was on the citizen interview panel, thinks highly of Edwards.

“Bill’s resume and experience speaks for itself, after meeting him in person, I am confident he is the right man for the job and our community in the role of Police Chief.”

Sheriff Ken McGovern and Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib also participated on the law enforcement panel that interviewed Edwards.

“The law enforcement panel believes Bill Edwards brings vast knowledge and professionalism to the Eudora Police Department,” McGovern stated.  “The Douglas County Sheriff’s office looks forward to working with Bill to assist him in the transition process as well as continue our good working relationship with the Eudora Police Department.”

Edwards first day on the job will be December 17.  Interim Chief Dave Burger will continue to serve in a transition role until January 1.

Edwards was hired to replace former Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker who resigned in August.


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Story by George Diepenbrock, courtesy The Lawrence Journal World

A former Eudora police officer who is accused of putting a cab driver in a headlock in August has applied for diversion in his misdemeanor case, his attorney said Thursday.

Trey Meyer, an attorney for Thomas Clinton Leahew, 29, asked Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin on Thursday to give prosecutors more time to review Leahew’s diversion application.

He faces one misdemeanor count of battery. Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested him at 5 a.m. Aug. 7 in the 1800 section of North 1500 Road on suspicion of battery.

In an interview, the alleged victim, a 35-year-old woman, accused Leahew of lunging at her from the back of a van while she was driving Leahew and six other people to The Outhouse, 1837 N. 1500 Road. The woman said he grabbed her and put her in a headlock, and that Leahew hit his head when he lunged and was bleeding.

The Eudora Police Department placed Leahew on administrative leave pending an internal investigation after his arrest, but Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker said Thursday that Leahew was no longer employed with the department.

He remains free on bond and is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 27, if his diversion application is not complete by then.


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Story by George Diepenbrock – courtesy the Lawrence Journal World

Eric Garcia, a Eudora police officer, arrived Tuesday morning in Joplin, Mo., to assist law enforcement and emergency management personnel dealing with the aftermath of a tornado that destroyed much of the city on Sunday.

The police department originally planned to send an officer to assist with tornado recovery in Reading in Lyon County, where a tornado struck on Saturday. But Sgt. Tom Willis, a police spokesman, said Joplin had a major need for law enforcement officers. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday morning that the death toll was 117, making it the nation’s single deadliest twister in 60 years.

Willis said it’s possible the department would send help to Reading later.


On Friday, Grady Walker, Chief of the Eudora Police Department sent a letter to all downtown Eudora businesses, explaining that there have been “several” complaints about delivery trucks either parking in the street or taking up several parking stalls along Main Street.

Chief Walker, in his letter, stated that none of the parking slots in downtown can be assigned or saved for particular businesses, nor, can traffic or parking be impeded due to illegally parked vehicles making deliveries.

“Beginning December 1st, 2010, the Eudora police department will begin enforcing the standard traffic ordinances for Kansas Cities by ticketing delivery trucks parked on Main Street in an illegal manner” said Walker.  Walker strongly suggested the businesses utilize the alleyways to the rear of the buildings along Main Street, for deliveries and stop accepting deliveries on Main Street.