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Chief Khatib promotes four members of Lawrence police department

From left,  Sgt. Robert Murry, Sgt. Trent McKinley, Capt. Bill Cory and Capt. Jim Martin were promoted by Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib on Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Lawrence Police Investigations and Training Center, 4820 Bob Billings Parkway.

From left, Sgt. Robert Murry, Sgt. Trent McKinley, Capt. Bill Cory and Capt. Jim Martin were promoted by Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib on Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Lawrence Police Investigations and Training Center, 4820 Bob Billings Parkway.

May 2, 2011

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Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib on Monday made the first major promotions of his three-month tenure as he elevated two captains and two sergeants to patrol shift posts.

Khatib Monday morning presented credentials to two new captains, Jim Martin and Bill Cory, and two sergeants, Trent McKinley and Robert Murry, in front of dozens of officers, department employees and others.

“We talk a lot about leadership, and these are all people who have led by experience,” Khatib said. “They’re hard workers. They’re involved in the community. We have expectations that that continues.”

Martin, who most recently served as an investigations sergeant supervising detectives, will lead the department’s evening patrol shift that runs from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and McKinley, who has worked as a neighborhood resources officers since 2007, will be one of Martin’s three supervisors.

“There needs to be a really good base for leadership because patrol is the heart beat of the police department,” Martin said.

McKinley said he hoped to be able to continue to foster connections he made with neighborhood associations and other groups to help work on neighborhood issues in his new position. Among the new chief’s major goals is community involvement.

“It will be figuring out how to better mesh those types of goals with the functions of a patrol shift,” he said.

Cory will move from his assignment as sergeant in charge of the department’s training unit to leading the night patrol shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. with Murry, an 11-year officer, becoming one of his supervisors.

“I’ve got an open mind to a lot of different things — officers’ ideas and sergeants’ ideas — and I plan to openly accept feedback,” Cory said.

Murry said the overnight shift includes challenges because officers deal with lots of calls at certain times, such as bar closing times.

The two new captains replace Khatib, who was promoted from captain in February to permanently replace longtime chief Ron Olin who retired from the department, and Capt. Ray Urbanek who plans to retire in June, Khatib said.

Capt. Dan Ward who has been working as a patrol captain will eventually replace Urbanek in the information technology division. Khatib said Lawrence City Manager David Corliss has allowed the department to overlap the promotions before Urbanek’s retirement to create a smoother transition for the new captains.

Comments

somebodynew 3 years, 8 months ago

Congrats !!! All good guys. Hate to see Urbanek go, but he certainly deserves it. !!!

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

Khatib lining up the head bobbers.....good politicians do that, don'tcha know?

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

Me? I'm rather sure that Chief Khatib will do a fine job. And why shouldn't he bring along those he can trust and whom he's trusted over time, prior to becoming Chief? However, let's not forget said "bringing" IS a political process.

SWJayhawk13 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats to Sgt. Murray! He was my Jr. High SRO way back in the day & he's a great guy. I also knew Sgt. McKinley, although he was an SRO at a different school, and he's also a great guy.

Kontum1972 3 years, 7 months ago

Flying a Paveway into s small area with night vision is pretty-stressful....for u arm-chair warriors...

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