Kansas City Crime Commission Announces New President
Former KCK Police Chief Rick Armstrong to
lead organization during pivotal time in its history
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission is pleased to announce the selection of Rick Armstrong as its new president. Armstrong is former chief of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department and current police chief for the Kansas City, Kansas School District.
The selection was made following an extensive search conducted over the past several months led by the Crime Commission and executive search firm EFL Associates.
Chief Armstrong will replace current Crime Commission President Richard Easley, who is retiring at the end of calendar year 2015.
Chief Armstrong rose through the ranks of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department for 31 years before being named Chief of Police in 2010. He was instrumental in the development and establishment of Community Policing throughout Kansas City, Kansas.
Over the past two years as Chief of the Kansas City, Kansas School District he has established response protocols for all 48 schools in the system.
Chief Armstrong has previously served as President of the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and over time he has developed great relationships with many Chiefs and Sheriffs in the metropolitan area.
“We are very pleased to welcome Rick Armstrong as president of the Crime Commission,” said Crime Commission Chairman W. Terrence Kilroy. “He has the respect of law enforcement and is known as a leader of integrity in our community. We look forward to his leadership as we continue to strengthen the future of this organization.”
Chief Armstrong has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Mid-America Nazarene University. He is a graduate of the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the 66th Session of the FBI Law Enforcement Leadership School, both of which are located in Quantico, VA.
Chief Armstrong and his wife have chaired the Sunflower House Gala, and he is an avid triathlete and marathon runner.
“We deeply appreciate the job Chief Easley performed during his 11 years as President,” Kilroy said. “He did a wonderful job of working with the community, our board of directors and local law enforcement throughout the metropolitan area. Our best wishes to Chief Easley and his wife Lema for a happy retirement.”
Chief Easley will continue to work through December. Chief Armstrong will take over effective January 1, 2016.
About the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission
The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission is a nonprofit citizens’ organization that benefits everyone in the metropolitan area, not just Kansas City. Our Board of Directors consists of volunteer business and civic leaders from the Kansas City metropolitan area with a common goal of fighting crime. Without the dedication of our board members and financial support from the community, our programs would not exist. The Crime Commission is the parent organization for four vital programs. Each program plays a major role in making the Kansas City metropolitan area a safer, more secure place to live, do business, and visit by supporting law enforcement and justice agencies and their causes.