McCrea Out as Lamar Police Chief

Lamar Police

Lamar Police Chief, Gary McCrea, after having been placed on administrative leave with the department since mid to late October, has been replaced by Captain Kyle Miller as acting chief of the Lamar Police Department.

City Administrator, John Sutherland, said he was not at liberty to be more specific regarding McCrea’s departure from the city and could not comment if McCrea tendered a resignation or was asked to step down, he simply stated that McCrea, “was no longer with the police department.”

McCrea was hired by the City of Lamar approximately six years ago, having served with the Kansas City International Airport Police Department, where he was the Operations Support Commander.

Miller graduated from Lamar High School and has worked his way up the ranks within the department to the rank of Lieutenant and most recently as Captain in 2013. He joined the Lamar force in 2004.

Asked if there will be a search for a permanent replacement as Chief of Police, Sutherland stated, “I’d like to be able to hire internally when possible and that is something I’ve spoken to our department heads about in the past. We’re looking for particular skill sets and levels of competence and will take the time to evaluate our needs.”

Sutherland said there are no plans for any other officers to be on administrative leave and as far as he could see, the department would operate as it normally has.

By Russ Baldwin

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