On Monday night at the Overland Park City Council meeting, Mayor Carl Gerlach conducted a swearing-in ceremony for Overland Park's newest Police Chief, Frank Donchez.
Donchez was police chief in Davenport, Iowa, prior to accepting the job in Overland Park. He replaces John Douglass who retired earlier this year after 41 years of service with the Overland Park Police Department.
He started his police career in Bethlehem, Penn., in 1981, rising to the rank of Police Commissioner. In 2006 through 2007, he was a consultant for the Easton, Penn., Police Department.
Donchez earned his law degree and became a licensed attorney in 2001. He was in private practice from 2001 to 2007. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public administration.
Other training and education experiences include the FBI National Academy; the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council; Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; a bachelor’s degree in management from Moravian College; Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Unit Commander’s Academy; and United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Training.
Donchez's first day was on Monday, Oct. 20th. Please join us in welcoming Chief Donchez as he begins his new journey with the Overland Park Police Department.