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McHale hired as police chief

by Danielle Hillix
Landmark reporter

After an application and interview process of several weeks, Platte City has a new police chief.

Strong qualifications and an impressive educational background were the deciding factors in hiring Joseph McHale to fill the position vacated by former chief Bill Massock, according to Platte City Mayor Dave Brooks.

"This guy has qualifications like you would not believe," Brooks said.

McHale, 52, possesses a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice as well as a master's degree in public affairs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and of the Dale Carnegie Leadership and basic communications course.

"His ability to communicate was very attractive to us," Brooks said.

McHale, who has held various positions with the Kansas City police department, has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 10 years of executive level police management.

"We have a very strict qualification process that the candidates had to meet," Brooks explained. "McHale more than met the qualifications. We are very pleased."

According to Brooks, McHale has passed all the tests administered by the city and will begin his new job on Monday with a salary between $49,000-50,000.

"We had exceptional candidates and we hired the best," Brooks said.

Detective Dennis Trabue is serving as interim chief until McHale starts on Monday.