Nov 24, 2021 2:09 PM

Veteran officer to lead Topeka Police Department

Posted Nov 24, 2021 2:09 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man who has spent his entire 27-year law enforcement career with the Topeka Police Department will now lead it.

City Manager Brent Trout on Tuesday introduced Bryan Wheeles as the new police chief, effective immediately. He has served as interim chief since January, when Bill Cochran retired. The following month, Cochran took a newly created job as Trout's chief of staff.

Wheeles will earn an annual salary of $145,754. He joined the department in 1994 and was named deputy chief in 2017.