A grateful community turns out to honor Rex Taylor at Roeland Park

Retiring Roeland Park Police Chief Rex Taylor is congratulated by his son, Adam, and wife, Mary, after  his retirement ceremony.
Retiring Roeland Park Police Chief Rex Taylor is congratulated by his son, Adam, and wife, Mary, after his retirement ceremony.

“This career has been the absolute best. It’s been a blast.” That’s how retiring Roeland Park Police Chief Rex Taylor summed up his 35-year career in law enforcement that came to an end on Friday.

Rex Taylor shares a laugh with his replacement, new Roeland Park chief John Morris.
Rex Taylor shares a laugh with his replacement, new Roeland Park chief John Morris.

Taylor, who spent 11 years in Roeland Park, was lauded by a number of speakers before a full house at the Roeland Park Community Center, which was filled with friends, family, law enforcement officers and city officials from all over northeast Johnson County.

Among several testimonials, former Lenexa Police Chief Ellen Hanson delivered the main comments, praising Taylor for his ethics, vision and leadership. She pointed out his family balance and his contributions to the community through organizations like Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.

He was recently named “Volunteer of the Year” by the northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. He said he will remain active with community organizations after his retirement.

The fact that his son, Adam, a Prairie Village police officer, followed him into law enforcement is a special legacy, she said.

Taylor is a native of Prairie Village and had been police chief in Iola and Maize, Kansas, a police officer in Wichita and on the Kansas Highway Patrol.