By Travis Mounts
CLEARWATER – Kirk Ives will be the new police chief for the City of Clearwater.
The new chief was officially hired at Tuesday’s Clearwater City Council meeting. The city had been searching for a new police chief since the retirement of Bill Histle.
Ives has spent the past 11 years as police chief in Oxford, a Sumner County community of about 1,000 people. The community sits on the Walnut River on the Sumner-Cowley county line, and is about 10 minutes west of Winfield. Clearwater’s population is about 2,500.
“I though we had a really good pool of candidates,” said city administrator Ron Marsh. “I’m excited about what he brings to the department and where he’ll take the department.
Ives was the city’s top choice, although Marsh said all four of the final candidates were good ones. The field was then narrowed to two before the city offered the position to Ives.
Ives grew up in St. John, Kan., and graduated from Kansas State University. He returned home to start is law enforcement career.
He was employed at Larned Mental Health Correction Facility and then was hired to be an officer for the St. John Police Department. After a couple of years, he was recruited by the Pratt County Sheriff Department where he started his career doing drug interdiction.
After a career seizing narcotics, he was hired to assist rebuilding Kiowa County’s Sheriff Department following the Greensburg tornado. As a sergeant there, he gained experience budgeting and managing a department that was starting completely over.
In 2008, he furthered his career by becoming the Chief of Police of Oxford. His 11-year tenure makes him the longest acting chief in that town. Ives said he takes pride that he helped grow community support towards the department while he was there. He took part in school and civic activities.
Ives has been married for 20 years to his wife, Holly, and together they have 2 children. Kendra is a sophomore at Kansas State and Jace is a junior in high school. Holly is an accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball.
Ives spends his free time restoring classic cars and likes to attend car shows with his son. His hobbies also include hunting, fishing and watching football. He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family.
“I am looking forward to this new chapter in his career and getting to know the community of Clearwater. I want the citizens of the town to feel welcome to visit about their concerns and to know that we want to make positive improvements to the police department,” Ives said in a statement.