Lenexa sergeant named Goddard police chief

The Goddard City Council has chosen a new police chief, city administrator Brian Silcott announced Friday afternoon.

Fred Farris, a detective sergeant with the Lenexa Police Department will serve starting the first week of August. The city council will formally appoint him at its meeting Monday.

“Mr. Farris comes to us with more than 27 years of law enforcement, having served the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri and Lenexa, Kansas,” Silcott wrote in an email.

“Fred has served in a myriad of functions, including KCMO’s patrol and motorcycles divisions and its street narcotic unit. He has served as a tactical unit supervisor (SWAT), patrol sergeant, patrol supervisor, training supervisor, detective sergeant, and FBI Task Force Officer.

“Fred has a bachelor’s degree from Park University and is a Certified Public Manager from the University of Kansas. He also brings a diverse background, including having served as the Vice-Chairperson of the Basehor Planning Commission.”

Farris was chosen out of a field of four finalists, including one other candidate from Kansas and two others from out of state, according to the city.