Roeland Park names John Morris to replace retiring police chief

Roeland Park’s Deputy Police Chief, John Morris, has been named to head the department when Chief Rex Taylor retires this December. Morris has been with the Roeland Park Police Department since 1999.

Roeland Park Deputy Police Chief John Morris.
Roeland Park Deputy Police Chief John Morris.

Morris served as interim chief for approximately six months between the departure of current Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning from the Roeland Park chief’s job and the arrival of Chief Taylor from Iola. Morris has three decades in law enforcement experience as a police officer in Plano and Rowlett, Texas and Montezuma, Georgia. He has been the chief city marshal in Plano and Carrollton, Texas, an operations sergeant in Milledgeville, Georgia and a deputy sheriff in Kansas City, Kansas.

Roeland Park Police Chief Rex Taylor will retire in December.
Roeland Park Police Chief Rex Taylor will retire in December.

He also served as part-time Chief of Police in Randolph, Missouri, at the same time he was a full-time deputy chief in Roeland Park. “While serving in the Randolph Chief position, John gained experience managing schedules, applying for grants, drafting and administering police standing orders, and working with elected officials and city administration,” said Aaron Otto, Roeland Park City Administrator. “Morris has also built a strong network of contacts with both residents and business leaders within Roeland Park.”

Chief Taylor, a native of Prairie Village, led the department for 11 years. He had been police chief in Iola and Maize, Kansas, a police officer in Wichita and on the Kansas Highway Patrol. He will retire with more than 35 years of service.

“Coming to Roeland Park was like coming home,” Taylor said in a recent community newsletter. “I was back in the city, my son lived up here, I had family here, there were lots of positive things about Roeland Park. I’ve had a really good career.”