Prairie Village has a new police chief. Capt. Tim Schwartzkopf, who has been interim chief, was officially named to the position Monday night and confirmed by the city council.
Schwarztkopf takes over for Wes Jordan who retired from the department and took the job of assistant city manager at Prairie Village.
Schwarztkopf is 21-year veteran of the Prairie Village department, joining the force as an officer in 1994. He has served in a number of different roles, including school resource officer, SIU supervisor and shift supervisor. As a division commander, he has managed the staff services, patrol and investigations divisions. He has moved through the ranks, including corporal in 1997, sergeant in 2002 and captain in 2005.
The new chief holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and is currently a graduate student in the master’s of public administration program at KU. He is a graduate of both the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy.
Schwartzkopf interviewed with Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer, Mission Hills Mayor Richard Boeshaar and the city administrators, Quinn Bennion and Courtney Christensen. Prairie Village provides police services to Mission Hills under contract.