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Corliss selects Tarik Khatib as interim Lawrence police chief

Lawrence Police Captain Tarik Khatib was named interim police chief by City Manager David Corliss on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Khatib will take over when current chief Ron Olin retires on September 1.

Lawrence Police Captain Tarik Khatib was named interim police chief by City Manager David Corliss on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Khatib will take over when current chief Ron Olin retires on September 1.

August 10, 2010, 9:20 a.m. Updated August 10, 2010, 9:55 a.m.

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Lawrence Police Captain Tarik Khatib was named interim police chief by City Manager David Corliss on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Khatib took over when current chief Ron Olin retired on September 1. The city hopes to hire a new police chief by the end of the year.

Lawrence Police Captain Tarik Khatib was named interim police chief by City Manager David Corliss on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Khatib took over when current chief Ron Olin retired on September 1. The city hopes to hire a new police chief by the end of the year.

Interim police chief chosen to replace Ron Olin

Tarik Khatib will serve as interim chief and has expressed interest in taking over the job altogether. Enlarge video

Capt. Tarik Khatib has worked in virtually every division of the Lawrence Police Department, from patrol officer to investigator to supervisor.

And now the 18-year veteran will try out the department’s top post. City Manager David Corliss on Tuesday announced that Khatib, as of Sept. 1, will be interim police chief when longtime chief Ron Olin retires.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to do that,” said Khatib, who currently leads the department’s community services division. “And I will continue to be a good steward and make sure the continuity of leadership continues until a selection is made.”

Corliss said he selected Khatib after he met with all six of Olin’s captains to gauge their interest in serving as interim chief. He also cited Khatib’s familiarity with many facets of the department.

“One of the characteristics you always look for in a department head is integrity, honesty and great community skills. Capt. Khatib has those,” Corliss said. “I’m sure that he’s going to be able to demonstrate that to not only myself but to the community in the coming weeks and months.”

Khatib, 43, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived there until moving to Lake Forest, Ill., a Chicago suburb, with his parents when he was 11.

He came to Lawrence to attend Kansas University — his mother’s alma mater — and earned a sociology degree in 1991 just before he was hired as a Lawrence police officer.

“I fell in love with the Lawrence community,” Khatib said. “When I was in school I would pursue community involvement in Lawrence, and I view police work as community involvement.”

He recently trained in leadership, executive development and management of organizations at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Khatib said he and other officers have learned much from Olin, who started as an officer in 1971 before becoming chief.

“He’s got a saying of always thinking about the community, the department and the officers when you consider matters,” Khatib said.

He said Tuesday that he was interested in being the department’s permanent chief as well.

Corliss said he expects several internal candidates to do well in the selection process, but outside candidates will also be in the mix in the national search.

“The community expects great things from our police department. They expect safety and professionalism. I want to ensure that we find the best candidate,” Corliss said. “I just don’t want to limit it to internal candidates or candidates who might just know about Lawrence regionally, but I would expect interest from across the nation.”

He plans to meet with a number of community members and employees within the department for input. The conversation will include challenges the public wants the department to take on in the future.

“It doesn’t necessarily require somebody from the outside to do that,” Corliss said. “An internal candidate might very well be able to make those changes and to make those improvements, but the main thing we want a new police chief to do is build on the success of Ron Olin’s leadership of the department.”

Corliss hopes to have the new permanent chief in place before the end of the year.

In addition to Khatib, Olin has five other captains. Stephen Zarnowiec, Dan Ward and Paul Fellers are the current patrol captains. Ward recently served a stint in charge of the investigations division.

Mike Pattrick is the current investigations captain. Ray Urbanek, also a former patrol captain, leads the information technology division.

Comments

JoRight 3 years, 8 months ago

He's obviously a terrorist, born from the same roots as Obama. Another terrorist in power. What next?

<sarcasm>

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 8 months ago

Is Corliss gonna call the guy a spear chucker?

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Lawrencewatchdog 3 years, 8 months ago

I find it rather amusing that (retired) Capt. Dan Affalter was already pimping Tarik Khatib as the interim police chief at Olins retirement press conference before Corliss had made a decision. Simply put, the good ole boys system is running the show at LPD. Hire from outside, bring in new ideas... This department is stagnant and needs a breath of fresh air!!

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coldplay 3 years, 8 months ago

This guy is a foreigner and probably a terrorist.

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smitty 3 years, 8 months ago

Surely it is a simple oversight that the links of Olin's retirement are not included for all to view.

Here they are:

Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin announces retirement Olin served as chief for 23 years

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/aug/03/lawrence-police-chief-ron-olin-retiring-september/#c1327105

and

Retiring Police Chief Olin says he’s leaving department better than he found it

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/aug/04/retiring-police-chief-olin-says-hes-leaving-depart/#c1323796

and an editorial

Police professional Lawrence’s retiring police chief deserves credit for the way he has run his department for the last 23 years.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/aug/05/police-professional/#c1323248

There, fixed it. These comments put the LPD in perspective in spite of the F5 tornado public relations attempt to clean this up while Olin is still chief.

I truly hope that whoever our new chief, problems get fixed. That would also mean cleaning up the city manager's office and the city commission's under the table handling of complaints about the LPD.

For instance, a anon poster under the name of Big Z, ranted for someone to pull their head out of their *** on Lawrence's forum. That person is Stephen Zarnowiec, one of the current captains who voted for to become the interim chief. Many abuse of position problems to correct.

I hope and pray Khatib is up to the departmental cleaning. As of this date, he is defending and spinning Olin's tenure. Well, if that's what he must do to get thru the politics what makes you all think he can clean up the department? OH, that's right, it isn't in need of cleaning or perhaps, better stated, public cleaning.

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nekansan 3 years, 8 months ago

Looks like the JW updated the photo. MUCH better.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 8 months ago

LoL.....! well i guess we dont have too worry about any terrorist attacks now...since we are in the fold. "The Shield" is in place.....

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Ralph Reed 3 years, 8 months ago

Chief, congratulations on your appointment! It's great to see someone work their way up through the ranks.

@David Corliss: Well Done.

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igby 3 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if Lincoln, was part Arab, he sure looks like it in all his old photos.

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ronwell_dobbs 3 years, 8 months ago

That is an awesome selection. I went to college with Tarik and watched him interview, be accepted, and train with the Lawrence PD. He is an outstanding person and always cared for all his friends. Plus, assuming the cop drill hasn't beaten it out of him, had a wicked sense of humor.

Great job, Tarik!

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

Wins on personality alone compared to the departing one!

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macon47 3 years, 8 months ago

do you think the whining about olin will ever end?

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 8 months ago

Gee, maybe my looks could get me elected mayor...

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prospector 3 years, 8 months ago

You got to have them to go with the strong arms of the law.

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puddleglum 3 years, 8 months ago

the bigger the hands, the easier it is to crush the crimal element!

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nekansan 3 years, 8 months ago

Kind of an unfortunate photo. Makes it look like he has massive hands and a Beetlejuice head. Not flattering the way an executive portrait should be.

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kernal 3 years, 8 months ago

Since the prettiest person in town has brought up the unwanted guests from Shawnee County, every parent in this city should be looking at their kids (especially teens) facebook accounts to see who's listed as a "friend". A lot of kids think it's okay to let everyone on who sends a request. Someone found their teen had some Topeka trash on her Facebook and did not know the persons at all. The gang signs were a big clue. Turned out they, or relatives, had some not so nice resumes.

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puddleglum 3 years, 8 months ago

now as long as we can either A: start charging a toll for any vehicles entering douglas county from shawnee county

Or

B. start sending a bill to topeka to reimburse all of the douglas county taxpayers who continually foot the bill for our law enforecement arresting Topeka criminals!

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sherlock 3 years, 8 months ago

the permanent police chief should be hired from outside and NOT a member of the current regime!

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 8 months ago

I have actually had dealings with Capt. Khatib when a family member was the victim of a crime. He was compassionate, thorough and highly capable in his job. In the end the perp was handed a ten year prison sentence. Congratulations, sir. This is well deserved and I hope the city council decides to make it permanent. You are an asset to this city.

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ChiHawkInKS 3 years, 8 months ago

This is just interim people, not permanent... plus I am pretty sure that is a Klingon name.

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BigPrune 3 years, 8 months ago

I was going to say something bad about Obama but I figure I'll leave politics out of this discussion.

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Victor Dawson 3 years, 8 months ago

Outstanding selection! Tarik is an amazing person, leader, and law enforcement officer.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 8 months ago

It's the heat coming off the pic the first poster put up.

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institches 3 years, 8 months ago

This is a wonderful selection. I have the most respect for Tariq. Congrats Mrs. Corliss for making a very good selection.. the best selection in my humble opinion. And Congratulations to Tariq. Well deserved.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 8 months ago

Nope it is arabic. http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/meaning_of_Tarik.html. But you made me look so two points for that. Moving by night is kinda cool though.

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MacHeath 3 years, 8 months ago

Isn't that a Klingon name? Cool

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 8 months ago

Anybody have a picture of the interim chief? Yes, glad you thought of that. http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2009/feb/25/165296/

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