top cop may soon turn in his badge
Two weeks after losing the opportunity to become
Parkvilles latest city administrator, Parkville
Police Chief Bill Hudson says that he is seriously
considering leaving the department he helped mold
over the last decade.
Im thinking about it. Im just
looking for a new challenge. Ive been here
for 10 years. Its one of those things. Ive
been (a law enforcement officer) for 36 years.
This is the longest Ive ever been in one
spot for my entire life.
The 57-year-old Hudson said his 10 years in Parkville
have been very rewarding to him personally.
I love this place and I love the people.
I just feel that I have one more major challenge
left in me.
It was decided in a 5-4 vote at the May 4 meeting
of the Parkville Board of Aldermen to offer the
vacant city administrator's job to Joseph Turner,
the current city manager of Atchison, Kan. The
aldermen said at the time that the vote wasnt
a vote against Hudson, but one that was for Turner.
Mayor Kathy Dusenberry, who cast the deciding
vote, said she conveyed the message that the city
wanted Hudson to stay on as police chief after
but it was in the same breath
that I told him we were going to hire Joe Turner,
Dusenberry recounted. I had been authorized
to go and make an agreement with Mr. Turner, but
I wanted to let him know right away, integrity-wise.
He had been hanging on for a long time.
Dusenberry said that Turners city management
experience is what ultimately swayed her decision.
Turner has been Atchisons city manager for
the past 14 years.
The fact that Parkville is in such a pivotal
place right now, I wanted somebody with a lot
of city administrator experience and thats
what we got with Joe Turner.
Dusenberry said that Hudson then told the former
interim mayor Gerry Richardson that he would be
leaving on July 1st.
At that time we tried to talk him out of
it. Hes put a lot of integrity back into
the department. I respect him greatly and wish
him the best in his next endeavor. Im sorry
to see him go.
Dusenberry said the city has no candidates at
this time but that they are looking for a chief
that wanted to build on the community-policing
program already in place.
Hudson said he was considering pursuing a career
in teaching. He already has experience teaching
at Park University, Missouri Western, and Kansas
City police training sessions.
Its nice to get to share the things
that youve learned over the years. Especially
since Ive learned most of it the hard way.
Hudson said he wouldnt rule anything out
not even a return to the position of police
I never say never.